Monday, June 30, 2003

CLEAR CHANNEL SPREADS: They've stitched up the radio in the US. They've sucked up the music promotional business in the states, and are doing it in the UK, too. They've quite a bunch of performing venues. You thought that IPC sub-editors dictated our youth? In the States, it's almost impossible to like a band without the approval of Clear Channel, at least at board level.

And now, inevitably, they're making a step towards the music press with a giveaway magazine. Of course, if we were incredibly cynical, we might ponder if giving away a magazine was a way of undermining independent paid-for titles to a point where they'd need to sell out to some cash-rich media corporation like, oooooh, Clear Channel. But only if we were cynical, mind.

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