Wednesday, May 23, 2007

NAB Hires Crowell Moring To Develop Anti Merger Analysys

May 23, 2007
Tyler Savery

In their latest move, the National Association of Broadcasters has hired Crowell Moring to develop analysis against the merger.

The opinion in many ways mirrors those that were already expressed by the NAB's other hired guns. One of the primary focal points seems to be whether or not terrestrial radio is a competitor to SDARS. The hired guns of Crowell Moring quote Karmazin in statements about the subject, but fail to quote Rehr with some of his comments.

In an interesting comment, the analyst states that the the issue is whether SDARS subscribers find terrestrial radio to be a reasonable substitute, but not whether terrestrial radio listeners consider SDARS to be a reasonable substitute. Interesting how one way this thinking is.

In another section the author speaks about how SDARS is complimentary to terrestrial radio, and is a unique market. If this is the case, then why does the NAB carry such angst over the merger? Clearly the NAB sees competition here, and documented statements from Rehr point this out.

It is always interesting to read analysis such as this. They spend half of the time telling you that they are not competitors, and the other half saying that the merger would hurt competition. Seems that the NAB, their stances, and the reports they buy get one thing consistent.........A CONFUSING AND CONVOLUTED MESSAGE.

Position - Long Sirius, Long XM

5/23/2007 10:45:00 AM

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  • I'm starting a campaign called "Shut Off that *%#@! Radio!".

    Contact NAB and your radio advertisers to let them know that due to NAB's obviously biased position on the merger, we are going to "Shut Off that %#@*! Radio!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 23, 2007 2:14 PM  

  • I agree "Shut off the !@#$%^ terrestrial radio AND stop shopping at Kohls!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 23, 2007 2:33 PM  

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