How To Get Out Before the Next Layoff

Radio people love to say they have no choice but to put up with the likes of Lew Dickey, Bob Pittman, John Hogan and other radio Simon Legrees who are deleterious to their careers.

Not true.

I’ve got 3 great moves right here – and radio people are more than qualified to get into something that has some life left in it, rather than something that is sucking the life out of them.

3 things that can change their lives.

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  1. First, what’s the outlook for more layoffs ahead – this is crucial for those who care about their careers.  My updated timetable.
  2. Now the options – the biggest, best and most attractive industry to get into with your radio skills.  I’d do this.  In fact, I’m going to.
  3. What’s the next big option made in heaven for radio people who want to stay connected to audiences.
  4. What you need to know from all those radio people who left the industry.
  5. If you do one thing and nothing else to advance your radio career – do this.

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CNN’s New Morning Show

Jeff Zucker, the new head of CNN who is already itching for his new boss Jeff Bewkes’ job at Time Warner is ready to bring some of his network TV “magic” to cable.

The only problem is – who cares?

Cable disrupted network television decades ago and digital is disrupting cable now.

Millennials who account for 80 million people – a potent audience to advertisers – don’t care about cable.

Hate CNN, Fox and MSNBC.

Love Jon Stewart but on YouTube.

And want content anywhere not from a screen hanging on the wall.

Even older audiences are rejecting traditional cable so with the wonderboy of CNN ready to pair 42-year old Chris Cuomo with a 29-year old up and coming reporter named Kate Bolduan, Zucker thinks he’s found the magic formula.

By the way … Earth to Erin Burnett who Zucker originally wanted to pair with Cuomo.  She invoked a clause in her CNN contract that says she must be on in prime time.

There is no prime time for a network that can barely get a half million viewers each night and Burnett underperforms that.

Maybe Zucker should pair Cuomo with Kate Upton to get an even younger audience.

Okay, maybe that will work.  Sorry, I got distracted for a moment.

The problem is that Zucker is ten years behind the times like many of the people running radio stations, record labels, TV networks and newspapers.

One mistake separates them from successfully disrupting cable and turning it into the biggest thing since Apple, Google and Facebook.

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Clear Channel’s Next 7 Shocking Moves

Now we know what’s coming next at Clear Channel.

CEO Bob Pittman becomes Chairman of the Board in a few months and has all the power he needs to disrupt the company.

Here are the next 7 steps but they are not what you think they are – even more drastic and shocking.

A shakeup – a break up – and a makeup. 

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  1. For the first time, see which largest and quickest cost-cutting layoffs will be targeted to set the table.
  2. What Pittman is likely to sell – and when – to reduce the $20 billion debt that saddles Clear Channel.
  3. Carnac sees a buyer for some very valuable Clear Channel assets – which ones and where.
  4. What about iHeartRadio and Premium Choice?
  5. Which exit plan does Pittman have in mind because it’s sure not going be business as usual anymore.

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Clear Channel Readies New Ways To Fire People

Look out! 

It’s coming.

Clear Channel has been methodically setting the stage for some (more than one) massive layoffs this year.

That’s why they forced employees to take the online survey about work conditions a few months back.

And that’s why they just a few days ago, put the second piece in place to allow them a wider range of firing possibilities for the next round.

I’ve gone over the document thanks to a number of newstipsers (and newly installed members in my witness protection program).

Here’s some of the stuff to look out for.

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  1. Awful new spying rules that gives the Eye in the Sky the ability to track employees’ every move – and fire them at will.
  2. Why a previously little known new rule that gives employees who want to report wrongdoing is a Trojan Horse that may see the end their career if they try it.
  3. What happens from now on if a Clear Channel employee takes a second job?
  4. Why their new rules on ethical selling only apply to employees and not corporate dealmakers who can get special waivers to get around them.
  5. Plus, which new corporate “gotchas” should Clear Channel employees be aware of.
  6. What about the timing of these new trumped up rules – why now?

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Spotify On the Brink

The record labels made Spotify and now they’re killing it. 

Monumental change is happening right now that is redefining radio’s role in music without helping digital streaming media services help replace lost music revenue.

It’s worse than that.

There’s no way out.

Wait until you see this new, critical information about subscribers, revenue and licensing fees.

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  1. How much of Spotify’s revenue goes to music licensing fees.
  2. What’s the sweet spot for Millennials, a consumer group necessary to the growth of the music business, for paying streaming music services like Spotify.
  3. What’s the most important feature a streaming music service must have?
  4. How radio’s demise as a hitmaker among Millennials is actually weakening the negotiating position of record labels in licensing issues.
  5. How YouTube could kill radio, Spotify AND the music industry – it’s no joke.

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Cable News Wars

CNN is being reinvented.

MSNBC is picking up steam.

Fox is still on top.

And it all doesn’t matter because big changes are coming for the cable news wars.

In fact, I’ve got the eventual winner of the cable news wars for you right here and you’ll never guess who it is.

No, not Jon Stewart.

I said you’d never guess!

What’s critical is that you don’t want to make the mistakes these three big corporate media companies are making and we’ll go over that, too.

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  1. Which one will emerge the victor in the cable news wars – MSNBC, the new CNN or the old reliable Fox?
  2. Why does an erectile dysfunction drug tell you all you need to know about cable news?
  3. How threatening is on-demand “TV anytime” programming to the cable news wars?
  4. What has happened for the first time since TV was invented that indicates a big change coming in the living room?
  5. Where the real news battle will be next after CNN, MSNBC and Fox fight it out.

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Cumulus’ Mr. Mean Genes Strikes Back

Mr. Mean Genes has become The Town Clown of radio.

Cumulus CEO Desperate Lew Dickey is losing employees at a record rate and thinks suing them helps him recruit better replacements.

But believe it or not, Dickey’s days are numbered.  

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  1. Why a desperate March Madness revenue-raising scheme backfired.
  2. How long-suffering employees are beginning to standup to Mr. Mean Genes.
  3. He can’t even keep super top executives – here’s a big departure Dickey failed to mention while he was bragging about his accomplishments – but we will.
  4. Mr. Mean Genes has replaced 40 of 55 Citadel managers so what’s in store for the 15 remaining survivors.
  5. What’s “compensation day expiration” and why is this self-inflicted policy making it hard to hire people for needed jobs.
  6. And the Big Question!  How long before Dickey gets his comeuppance.

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