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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Patron Saints of Payola - The NAB - Try To Shift Focus

April 24, 2007

The NAB, Patron Saint's of Payola, want to fight the merger on any front possible.....even if it has nothing to do with the merger.

NAB issued the following bulletin today:

XM's "rogue" antennas raise questions about Sirius merger In an FCC filing, XM Satellite Radio admitted that as much as 42% of its network is served by antennas in violation of FCC rules, either because they are in unapproved locations or their signals are too strong. News of the violations irked U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who chairs the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee. Markey issued a public statement saying, "What is the expectation [XM Radio] will follow through or fulfill any public interest conditions?"

So, now the NAB seems to have Congressman Markey on their side. If you want to let Congressmen Markey know how you feel about the merger, please see the contact information HERE . Please remember to be respectful and courtious.....take a higher road than the NAB.

4/24/2007 01:06:00 PM


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2 Comments:

  • I do some work with the NAB, and one of the chief reasons to oppose the merger is the negative effect such a merger would have on local broadcasters. While local broadcasters do not compete with satellite radio on a national level, they do compete on a local level, and an XM/Sirius monopoly would be in a position to artificially lower advertising rates on both a national and a local level, which would have a significant negative impact on the advertising revenue on which local broadcasters rely.

    By Anonymous Nabisco, at April 25, 2007 5:53 PM  


  • Terrestrial radio does not syndicate shows?

    Terrestrial radio does not accept advertising dollars from national accounts?

    Terrestrial radio does not have owners with stations in multiple markets?

    The argument you put forth is not real strong when you consider that satellite radio does not advertise on music channels, and when you consider the REAL make-up of terrestrial radio

    By Blogger SSG, at April 25, 2007 6:20 PM  


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