iHeart Lender Revolt

  • Why iHeart keeps extending the deadline for lenders to agree to their re-fi terms without sweetening it even once even though only 0.6% of their lenders are willing to take a haircut.
  • What happens to iHeart and its employees if they can’t get 80% of their lenders to agree to a pre-packaged bankruptcy?
  • What lenders know about the future of iHeartMedia.

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Who the DOJ is Calling About the CBS Merger

If you listen to the unofficial hype surrounding Entercom’s CBS merger, you’d think that the DOJ is just going to rubberstamp it and move on.

But what’s really happening is that the DOJ is conducting the due diligence that is its job and now we’re getting a look at what their bone of contention may be.

I thought you might like to hear the questions their asking.

Even Entercom isn’t aware of what you’re going to read here.

  • Who the DOJ is calling and what they want to know.
  • Their surprising answers they are hearing about their concerns.
  • Chances that the latest DOJ concerns could slow up approval of the merger or change the terms.
  • Why is the DOJ snooping around this merger.
  • Could it be that the DOJ might trim back the merger as being too anti-competitive in an industry that is already dominated by two conglomerates.

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Eliminating Ownership Sub Caps

The fat cats, consolidated radio groups, Wall Street venture capital and radio’s very own lobby group, the NAB wants ownership limits relaxed so badly they can taste it.

Trump is perceived as favorable to their desires and Wall Street is ready with the money.

Is this really going to happen?

  • If the sub caps are removed and ownership limits are lifted, what does that look like for a radio industry that has its two biggest consolidated owners a sure bet for bankruptcy?
  • Will it lead to more jobs for the radio industry?  More diversity in ownership and format diversity?
  • Big question:  will relaxing ownership limits make the $17 billion radio industry a $25 billion business?
  • How experts see the chances of eliminating ownership limits.

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Katz Rep Shake-up

It must be nice for iHeart to have a monopoly on rep firms.

The parent company gets the best buys and then their competitors get everything left over.

But now that advantage is not good enough for iHeart.

They’re about to shake it up.

  • So why are major cutbacks coming.  It’s not like Katz isn’t sitting in the driver’s seat leaving everyone else no choice but to let their biggest competitor rep them in national sales.
  • What Katz salespeople see coming that is turning them sour on the industry’s dominant radio rep firm.
  • How the national revenue of Katz client stations will be affected by this shake-up.

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iHeart Bankruptcy Cover-up

iHeart has been on the brink of bankruptcy for a long time.

And no one is denying it. 

In fact, Bob Pittman is embracing it publicly.

So then why are they plodding along doing everything they can to avoid it?

  • It doesn’t make sense but it reportedly has nothing to do with business and everything to do with a cover-up.
  • Who are they protecting and why?
  • Ironically any iHeart bankruptcy now has a “drop dead” date – literally.  I’ll explain and you’ll never look at the threatened iHeart bankruptcy the same.
  • If overwhelming interest rates, declining revenue and low operating cash is not enough to trigger an iHeart bankruptcy, then what is?

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