AT&T and DirecTV

This is what happens when big media titans ignore generational media.

They spend $48.5 billion to buy a satellite TV service whose subscription base has leveled off and to which there is no future.

But the AT&T merger with DirecTV gives us a clear view of what’s next for the radio industry, music business and broadcast television.

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  1. Why AT&T bought a business that was done growing years ago.
  2. Will Millennials support cable and/or satellite mergers by actually subscribing – the odds.
  3. Where the media industry including radio and music headed next based on this rebirth in consolidation.
  4. What radio companies are likely to do after another few years of not being able to muster any real growth.
  5. What the surviving large cable companies have in mind for audiences as well as competitors.

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Tough Shareholder Questions For Lew Dickey

This week Lew Dickey is preparing to face Cumulus shareholders again.

I’m sure he’ll talk Nash and Nash Icons and platforms, economies of scale, new opportunities and the other bullshit failing CEOs usually spew.

On the eve of this meeting new evidence has surfaced for which shareholders should hold Dickey accountable.

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  1. Why Chipotle shareholders have the right idea and it should be used against Lew Dickey for excessive executive compensation.  Details.
  2. Why is the decline of your stations being suppressed from shareholders and the public? 
  3. How bad Cumulus audience losses are in the critical major markets – after all, this guy wants to buy CBS, God forbid.  Some questions you should ask Lew.
  4. For the first time we know the overall audience loss for all rated Cumulus markets.  Hold him accountable with these numbers.
  5. What’s behind those Westwood One firings – over 10 more people whacked and more offered part-time on Friday alone.  What’s the end game?

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Travel Scandal At Clear Channel

No business travel unless approved.

Take the cheapest flight.

Pay some of the expenses yourself.

Except if you work for this division of Clear Channel.

A dirty deal and disrespect for hardworking Clear Channel employees exposed.

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  1. Which prominent Clear Channel division gets to run up expenses at will without restrictions.
  2. How one member of this division skirts the travel restrictions other employees are forced to follow – see her Facebook page but take your blood pressure medication first.
  3. Who was popping corks, drinking champagne and taking selfies in business class no less while everyone else was banned from traveling.
  4. Which prominent Clear Channel exec is enabling her.

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Pittman’s Cockroach Strategy To Survive

Bad news.

Clear Channel’s key revenue markets are tracking way down again in the second quarter with no indication they will make up their 6-7% losses even by the end of this year.

Bob Pittman’s head is now on the Bain chopping block.

He’s taking aggressive action to blame someone else – I mean, to get to the bottom of it.

All this on the eve of another huge RIF.

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  1. What’s up with these new Pittman mandated SWAT teams soon to be going from market to market.
  2. The scary part – who is on these SWAT teams and what is their mission.
  3. How long will they be in your market.
  4. Why the findings are likely to piss off the very people who could make things better.
  5. Who gets blamed if the SWAT team fingers operations in your market.
  6. The 3 biggest Clear Channel trouble spots that could be responsible for taking Pittman down.
  7. Pittman’s cockroach strategy for surviving.
  8. Bonus video!  See the infamous $21 million Bob Pittman “mist tunnel” here.  Your highway taxes at work – so to speak.

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Advertisers Punishing Clear Channel Sales RIFs

Bob Pittman has met the enemy and it is the very advertisers and agencies he needs to keep his job.

Advertisers are revolting in protest over Clear Channel’s recent sales RIFs.

They don’t want their MTV. 

They want their sellers back.

And wait until you see how they are hitting Pittman below the belt.

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  1. How advertisers are retaliating against Clear Channel.
  2. How Pittman’s RIF plan is also hurting his competitors and all of radio.
  3. How effective this agency revolt is after just a few weeks.
  4. The one thing that tripped off this agency revolt and the sales RIF was only part of it – it’s what happened next that made the advertisers go for blood.
  5. Will Pittman back off – you may be surprised at the answer.

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The Unintended Consequences of the Apple Beats Deal

Streaming music is the future.

Radio is dead.

Downloading is over and streamer music is the next radio.

Don’t bet on it.

Even Apple doesn’t fully see the unintended consequences of buying a streaming music service as an insurance policy on the future.

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  1. The future of streaming music and its effect on radio going forward.
  2. What happens to Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio and Cumulus’ Rdio now.
  3. What will happen to the iTunes store and iTunes Radio.
  4. The real force to be reckoned with that has not yet been acquired by anyone – this is the thing radio should be very afraid of – not streaming music.
  5. Where the music business and where radio is heading.
  6. Why I’m selling everything and buying Apple and it’s not because of the Beats acquisition.

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The Cure For Song Skipping

Music radio is based on the assumption that if you play the right song, you’ve got the listener until the next song (or commercials) play.

But new research shows that listeners don’t even listen to the entire song in the age of Spotify and Pandora.

This is a game changer. 

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  1. The little-known startling statistics about how restless listeners are becoming when enjoying music.
  2. How many listeners don’t even listen to a song all the way through.
  3. The cause of song skipping.
  4. Disrupt the trend with this cure for radio song skipping.
  5. How to reprogram a music radio station to reduce or end song skipping.

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