Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Following on from the announcement by Sony BMG that they'd been illegally paying to get their tracks on the radio comes the realisation that, if someone's making illegal payments to radio, that means radio stations must be taking them. Naturally, all eyes are turning to Clear Channel who, as the biggest US radio company, must surely have questions to answer. Clear Channel denies any of its employees were on the take:

"We are cooperating fully with Mr. Spitzer's office," a Clear Channel spokesperson said in a statement. "Clear Channel has extremely strict internal policies against payola; so strict that we severed ties with independent promoters in early 2003 to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. "We investigate any allegation of this nature," the statement continued. "The allegations made today will be fully investigated and any wrongdoing will be met by swift and appropriate disciplinary action."

We'll see...