Fear Channel

Clear Channel, or should I now say, Fear Channel, has rescheduled its vote on taking the company private from March 21st in just a few days to April 19th presumably to have more time to seek shareholder approval.

Mark Mays has already warned his employees that whether the deal goes through or not, there will be many changes ahead for them. Again!

So I ask, what's new?

On the radio side the poor people of Clear Channel have lived through the Randy Michaels era, John Hogan's stewardship and now the prospect of not knowing what the future may hold for them one more time. More change? That's all they've had at radio's&hellip


Iceberg Dead Ahead!

By Steve Meyer, Inside Music Media


YouTube Fight Is Viacom’s Iraq

It's just traditional media companies being traditional media companies.

Viacom and its subsidiaries like CBS, Comedy Central, etc are simply acting like Universal's NBC and Disney's ABC. They have "Seen-us envy" -- that disease that has old media companies becoming paranoid because the audience gets to see their content, they even get paid, but they can't control the distribution.

So, Viacom let the other shoe drop yesterday in Federal Court suing Google over YouTube for more than $1 billion in damages. This suit makes Clear Channel look like a nickel and dime litigator. Viacom is becoming the new Clear Channel while&hellip


What If Radio Got Tough With The Record Industry

An Unlikely scenario

Right now the ever weakening record labels are sticking it to broadcast radio. And some of those bullies over there in terrestrial radio are just taking it.

There is growing evidence the music business is looking to charge AM and FM stations flat fees for permission to play their music. The CRB has already dealt a blow to the fledgling Internet radio business by jacking up royalty payments beyond which most operators can afford to remain in business.

Let me get this straight. Isn't this biting the hand that feeds them. I mean, what is the record business without radio? Most record sales are&hellip


A Royal(ty) Screwing

Kurt Hanson in his March 9th edition of RAIN quotes Beta News as saying that ""CRB rates would make SoundExchange a '$2.3 billion per year business'" and "based on the CRB's royalty rates for 2006, AOL Radio is expected to receive a royalty bill for last year for about $23.7 million...".

It gets worse:
"On a per-listener scale, broadcast radio stations paid $1.56 per listener on average during 2006; and in 2010, that figure rises to $1.94 per listener. BetaNews estimates that Internet radio sites, by contrast, will&hellip