The New CBS Records

It's not the old Columbia Records, but CBS is getting into the new age record business. This time it is doing it on the cheap. No start-up expenses, no worries about artist development, no expensive infrastructure. CBS wants to be paid for music that appears on its television shows. One of the benefits of the transitioning music business is that all it has to do is release songs on iTunes and voila! -- their in the record business. They can also take advantage of their broadband channel to deliver the music to the market. Imagine what they might do with radio or TV to promote it. Now old line media companies are beginning to think&hellip

It’s Already Too Late For YouTube Competitors

Viacom, News Corp, NBC Universal and maybe CBS are this close to announcing that they will compete with YouTube. They want to get into the distribution business that YouTube -- now Google -- is in. There are many problems with this grand plan not the least of which is can these traditional media rivals get along? There are big egos and longtime rivalries here. What has YouTube wrought? Apparently, it has scared these old media competitors into working together. I'm not betting that this coalition will last long if it ever launches.

There are lots of concerns:
True, they own a lot of content that can be re-purposed on&hellip

CBS Is The New Clear Channel

Things are so quiet on the Clear Channel front that you just have to know that the Mays' want to get out the back door with as much money as they can and with a private radio group in tow. They won't even contest the sale of their valuable grandfathered radio stations by seeking waivers. Anything to get this deal done fast. Many expect the new Clear Channel radio group that emerges to be like the old "Cheap Channel" before its consolidation days -- a nice, "little" family business. That paves the way for number two to become number one -- CBS will have more influence than the new private version of slimmed down Clear Channel even&hellip

41 Days of Radio Listening A Year

The Census Bureau projects 41 days of radio listening by adult Americans in 2007. Some 65 days for television. One week each for the Internet and newspapers -- this according to an account in Inside Radio. Don't celebrate too soon. This is definitely good news for radio stations aiming at adult listeners, but we didn't need the Census Bureau to tell us older listeners are still hooked on radio. The harsh reality is that radio listening and resulting radio advertising revenue has peaked and is heading down. The straight scoop is that young people -- the next generation, the people media must&hellip

The Real “Person of the Year”

I don't know about you, but this time I think Time Magazine is reaching for it's "Person of the Year". God knows, I wouldn't be the one to take anything away from the Internet or the mobile world we are increasingly living in. The "revolution" Time credits is, well -- old news. If they didn't want to name the now wealthy, wet-behind-the-ears YouTube founders, that's fine. But naming "You" as the "Person of the Year" is a cop out. If -- and I say if because Time editors are more qualified to narrow down their candidates for this honor -- they had to have an Internet-based "Person of the Year", they're missing the point. My candidate&hellip