Monday, April 19, 2004

Clear Channel complains about satellite radio

Slashdot had a quick post on this article regarding Clear Channel's complaints about XM and Sirius satellite radio services.

Apparently the issue is that

"Both XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. now offer traffic and weather for several cities on its national service . . ."

And Clear Channel takes issue with this because

"This foray into local content is directly contrary to ... repeated and express promises that satellite radio service would be limited to delivering national programming to serve the unserved and underserved . . ."

This seems a little ironic to me, considering the lawsuit being brought against Clear Channel Entertainment by Colorado Concert Promoter Nobody in Particular Presents. According to this article in the Denver Rocky Mountain News, this is a quote from a Clear Channel station exec regarding a competing radio station and concert promoter:

"Let's crush the Hawk and (House of Blues) on this show . . . hope you toe the line," stated a memorandum subpoenaed from Clear Channel's files. "Do not give free impressions to this Hawk festival on any of your stations . . . avoid accepting advertising."

Clear Channel seems far more willing to dish it out and not so happy about taking it.

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