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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

FCC to look into Sony BMG, radio station disclosure

Democrat FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein had pressed the FCC to review the Sony settlement and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, also a Democrat, urged FCC action, including potentially stripping stations' broadcast licenses.

"The airwaves belong to the public, not the highest bidder," Adelstein said in a statement. "The vitality of radio is sapped when music is selected based on bribes rather than merit."

Spitzer's examination into Sony BMG's practices revealed that the label bought airtime for several of its artists' biggest singles, including Jessica Simpson's "Take My Breath Away," Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live," Avril Lavigne's "Don't Tell Me," Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning." The payola took the form of direct payments to stations and station employees, expensive gifts and even fictitious contest giveaways for listeners which actually went to station employees.


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