Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Advertisement:
What is RSS/XML?
Subscribe to FMQB News.

Senator Feingold Addresses FCC Payola Proposal
January 12, 2007

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has written an open letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, responding to yesterday's news that the commission is considering a proposal to resolve the ongoing payola investigation. In the letter, Feingold urges the FCC to not entrust an industry that "former Attorney General [EliotSpitzer has already shown to have violated payola rules" to police itself. Feingold urges Martin to "instead seek strong binding settlements that ensure future compliance with the law and reassure consumers they will have access to small, independent and local labels and artists via the public airwaves."

Feingold notes that the rumored proposal would "not even admit any wrongdoing on the part of the companies - something that is typical for such an agreement," especially when "there was significant wrongdoing, both through traditional payola's direct bribes and new forms that sought to use middlemen to conceal the violations." Feingold contends that without "an admission that both traditional and new forms of payola are covered by the FCC jurisdiction, some in the industry may continue to contend that new forms of payola are legal."

The Senator also asks that any consent decree from the FCC should require radio stations to allow "meaningful access to the airwaves for independent labels and local artists." Feingold goes as far to suggest a "weekly airtime commitment" for such labels and artists that spans "all regions, formats and time-slots" and also contain rules to prevent radio companies from meeting "their obligation only in certain cites, formats or during low-listener time-slots."

He also encourages the Commission to require full disclosure of any and all payola-related reports and documents, possibly as part of a company's quarterly or annual fiscal reports.
 




 
Breaking News
Jelli Launches Record Number Of Radio Stations On Its Ad Platform In Q1 2014
In Brief - April 23, 2014
FMQB FYI... Links You Should Know About
April 22, 2014
CCM+E Announces New iHeartRadio Networks
Emmis Announces Investment in Funkmaster Flex
In Brief - April 22, 2014
April 21, 2014
Major Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Songs
NBC And Clear Channel Celebrate Music's Biggest Stars At First Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards
Tanch Named Afternoon Host and APD At KHTP/Seattle
In Brief - April 21, 2014
April 17, 2014
Report: Two-Thirds See Radio As Local
L & L And Alpha Merge As Alpha Media
In Brief - April 17, 2014
FMQB FYI... Links You Should Know About
April 16, 2014
BIA/Kelsey Says "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived"
In Brief - April 16, 2014
April 15, 2014
Alan Chartrand Named Market President For CCM+E-Boston
CBS Radio New York SVP Market Manager Don Bouloukos To Retire
In Brief - April 15, 2014
April 14, 2014
CCM+E Research Report: The Power of Personality
In Brief - April 14, 2014
April 11, 2014
The Week In Review: 4/7-4/11
eQB NOW
Music News
Frozen Staves Off Arrival Of Four New Debuts
Quick Hits: Beyoncé & Boots, Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa, Saturday Night Live, Jack Johnson, Boston Calling Festival
Eminem, Pearl Jam & Outkast To Headline ACL Music Festival
FMQB Photo Pass: Christina Perri
Quick Hits: Lorde, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, Jack White, Outkast
More Surprises At Coachella's Second Weekend
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Prince, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, Little Mix, Broken Bells, Maxwell
Prince And Warner Bros. Records Unveil New Partnership
Grohl & Novoselic Talk Nirvana's Hall Of Fame Night
Quick Hits: Coldplay, Forbes' wealthiest rappers, American Idol, Beck, The Whigs
AC/DC Will "Continue To Make Music"
Frozen Soundtrack Still Rock Solid In Sales
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Jay Z & Beyonce, Made In America festival, Paul McCartney, The Who, Golden Gods Awards
Is AC/DC Really Retiring?
Quick Hits: Nirvana, Imagine Dragons, 2 Chainz, Muse, The Rolling Stones
FMQB NOW

Nick Petropoulos
Glassnote Entertainment
Group

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!