Experts: FTC Considering Advertising Implications Of Arbitron-Nielsen Merger
April 26, 2013

With the FTC currently studying Nielsen's acquisition of Arbitron, the Commission is expected to consider its implications on new media and advertising. According to a panel of experts polled by Reuters, the FTC is likely looking at the deal while focusing on "cross-platform data designed to tell advertisers in a holistic way what customers watch on television, listen to on the radio, look at online and see on their mobile devices."

Six of the eight antitrust experts surveyed by Reuters believe the FTC will give the deal a thumbs-up, with one expert suggesting a challenge to the deal is possible.

Nielsen's expansion into radio measurement could be an issue with approval. "It's putting a lot of eggs in one basket. That's the biggest concern," said Brad Adgate, VP of Research at Horizon Media, Inc. told Reuters. He added that, "The feeling is that Nielsen is buying Arbitron to get a better grip on measuring mobile. Nielsen doesn't have anything similar. Not for mobile they don't. ... This will not be rubber-stamped [by the FTC]."

"My area of concern would be foreclosure of potential (cross-platform) competition to Nielsen in particular," said Ankur Kapoor, an antitrust lawyer with Constantine Cannon LLP. "If you think about where and how people consume media, it's literally everywhere. To get a meaningful measurement, you have to be cross-platform."

Speaking on yesterday's earnings call, Nielsen CEO David Calhoun gave an update on the status of the company's acquisition of Arbitron. According to Media Daily News, Calhoun said it will take between 60 days and four months before the FTC finishes its review of documents related to the deal.




 
Breaking News
Pandora AMP Allows For "Large Scale" Artist Analytics
Spanish Broadcasting System Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM, New York Market
The Conclave To Honor Ginny Morris With The Rockwell Award
In Brief - October 22, 2014
October 21, 2014
Report: Ron Fair Departs Virgin Records
Adobe, Nielsen To Create Comprehensive Measurement Platform For Digital Content
DMR/Interactive Names Doug Smith VP/Marketing Strategy
Triton Digital's August 2014 Ranker: Major News Events Show Impact On Top 20 Streaming Audio Markets
October 20, 2014
iHeartMedia San Francisco Names Mark Adams PD of KYLD & KIOI
Premiere Networks Promotes Claudine Cazian To VP/Programming & Branded Entertainment
Entercom Names Carlos Lamadrid VP/National Sales, Strategic Partnerships
Pandora Hires Steve Bené As General Counsel
In Brief - October 20, 2014
October 17, 2014
In Brief - October 17, 2014
The Week In Review: 10/13-10/17
October 16, 2014
Michael Jordan Named PD At WAMZ
Dan Chertoff Named VP, A&R, RCA Records
Greater Media Chairman, CEO Peter Smyth Named Among The 2014 Giants of Broadcasting
Joe Cuello Joins TuneCore As Chief Creative Officer
Clip Interactive Reports Milestones In Revenue, MAUs, Engagement For Radio Station Partners
iHeartMedia Wins Gold Award At Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards
In Brief - October 16, 2014
October 15, 2014
Gayle Troberman Named iHeartMedia EVP And Chief Marketing Officer
John Geary Appointed Market President For iHeartMedia Sacramento
Sun & Fun Media Partners With Premiere Networks For Ad Sales
Music News
Florida Georgia Line, Bob Seger Lead Sales Chart
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Gwen Stefani, Cold War Kids
Charli XCX, Haim and More Contribute to Hunger Games
Quick Hits: Meghan Trainor, Smashing Pumpkins, Milky Chance
U2 Sits Down For Intimate Radio Special
Quick Hits: Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters, Dropkick Murphys, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
One Direction Reveal Four Tracklist
The Week In Review: 10/13-10/17
Quick Hits: Iggy Azalea, U2, Snoop Dogg / Pharrell, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina
Pitbull Goes Global In November
Quick Hits: Sam Smith, MTV EMAs, Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Pixies, Fall Out Boy, Bonnaroo
Jason Aldean, Hozier Top Album Sales Chart
Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Prince, Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift Taps Into the '80s For "Out Of The Woods"
Quick Hits: One Direction, Christina Aguilera / The Voice, Jack White, Kelly Clarkson, T.I., Wilco
FMQB NOW

Chris P, PD
KRQQ & KMIY/Tucson

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!