Monday, September 30, 2002

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: More on the evil that Clear Channel do from the MusicDish , who report that the US radio conglomerate have announced that, in future, they'll deal only with three plugging companies for its black music stations. In the entire country. Now, you don't have to be a genius to see what the implications for local, new acts will be if a nationwide company is going to accept pitches from only three plugging companies. Nor, of course, that if this works in R&B, it'll be a policy adopted across all of Clear's stations in all genres. The knock-on effect has been the chosen lucky three promtion companies have celebrated their good fortune at this exclusive access by ramping up the prices they charge for their services. Naturally.
This is good for music... how, precisely? Again, this is the sort of thing that you'd imagine the RIAA would be up in arms about, but - of course - they're too busy fretting about Kenny T Student and his mix CD of Radiohead tracks to do anything about something that could royally screw their members up in a very short space of time.
Meanwhile, they'll be coming for us soon - MediaGuardian reports on the first stage in the next era in UK radio, where Chrysallis has just taken over LBC; the first move in the post-White Paper rationalisation.

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