Pittman Moves To Consolidate Power

CEO Bob Pittman is now showing you Clear Channel’s cards.

During the holiday lull, he consolidated power and has set the stage for some major changes ahead in 2012.

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1.  What Pittman did that shows he is going to take Clear Channel in a radically different direction in the year ahead.

2.  The end game can now be seen – the way owners Lee & Bain get their money and Pittman makes his. 

3.  By consolidating power Pittman is setting up his next play – and you won’t believe the possibilities here.  A thousand guesses won’t help.  He’s thinking way out of the box and now controls the company and influences the venture money enough to make the bizarre happen.

4.  Why Clear Channel employees have real reason to be concerned in the next 12 months.  More than just cutbacks.  This year could be an assault on the radio workforce because of what Pittman is planning to do.

5.  Specifics – the year ahead for Clear Channel summarized in two new strategies.

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Social Media Crisis

Social media is undergoing a monumental change that could affect everyone who uses it.

And content providers trying to figure out how they should use it.

This report is about how media companies are headed one way while social networks are beginning to act like them even as audiences are headed in an entirely different direction.

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1. Facebook is in trouble – yes, the great Facebook.  Here’s what’s going to be better than Facebook and how you should get ahead of it.

2. Twitter is it!  How to harness Twitter.

3. Radio treats social media as an add-on.  Here are some better ideas. 

4. What radio can learn from how consumers are now watching TV – that’s right, consumers are telling us something important.

5. The digital dashboard that we keep hearing about is immune from this social media crisis, right?

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The Cellphone Ban’s Impact on Radio

The proposed NTSB ban on cellphones is drastic and draconian.

The implications are so significant that it could change everything.

But once you read what is really going on with this proposed 50-state ban that even includes hands-free cellphone use, you will rethink your initial thoughts.

And start preparing.

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1.  What’s the likely impact of the NTSB’s proposed cellphone ban on radio.

2.  The effects of the cellphone ban on the digital dashboard of the future being manufactured right now.

3.  Will the ban kill texting, calling and other digital distractions and force listeners to return to listening exclusively to radio while driving.

4.  The chances of the proposed ban becoming law – 9 states now outlaw handheld cellphones, 35 already ban texting while driving. 

5.  How consumers may react and what you need to know about them before taking away their mobile devices.

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Clear Channel Prepares for the Big Bang

If you think Clear Channel is through firing because it is Christmas, think again.

Clear Channel can no longer hide from its mounting debt in which Standard & Poor’s has voiced concern.

There are a series of painful changes ahead for Clear Channel.

In operations and personnel.

In finance.

And, and, believe it or not, an exit strategy.

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1.  The chances of Clear Channel remaining solvent in the year ahead and 2013. 

2.  Why Clear Channel cannot pay the smallest of its debt bills in 2014 -- $2.9 billion dollars and what two strategic moves are very much on the table.

3.  Then the Big Bang – 2016 when $12.3 billion in debt comes due with no way to pay it back except this.

4.  Selling assets, making an acquisition – both seem plausible well in advance of the Big Bang.  Here’s how I see it going down.

5.  Will Pittman stay or will he go?  My timeline on how Bob Pittman maximizes his investment or as some might put it – takes his money and runs.

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Warner Music After Bronfman

The record industry has been realigned.

EMI is broken up.

Warner is in new hands.

Universal hopes to get bigger.

What’s up with all of that – and how does the departure of Edgar Bronfman from Warner reshape the music industry now?

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1.  The likely effects of Universal’s purchase of EMI’s music division on Warner.

2.  Is the record business ready for a turnaround or growth years?

3.  What the record industry is still missing that it must have no matter who buys what or who spends what.  Without this, the labels continue to decline.

4.  How the labels shoot themselves in the foot – and I’m not talking about suing music pirates.

5.  The fastest way all record labels could increase their legal sales – and yet they won’t do it.

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