Monday, October 28, 2002

CLEAR CHANNEL PUFF: We wondered why the Hollywood Reporter chat with Clear Channel CEO John Hogan was billed as a 'dialogue' rather than an interview, but having read it, we can see the reasons; soft questions not even lobbed so much as passed on a silver platter, with no attempt to bite on the results. So, asked about San Diego - where Clear Channel have slapped dominance over the market by buying stations over the border in Mexico, Hogan's response is: "I'm proud of the company for working well within established rules and regulations to create a situation down there that works really well for us." Doubtless you are, John, but that doesn't actually square up to whether you're behaving well or properly or even honestly, does it? There's a difference between sticking to the letter of the law, and behaving within the spirit. Hollywood Reporter, however, don't seem to be concerned.

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