Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 6:41am
CLEAR CHANNEL, TENNESSEE BROADCASTERS LOBBY FCC AGAINST XM/SIRIUS MERGER
[SOURCE: Lasar's Letter on the FCC, AUTHOR: Matthew Lasar]
Clear Channel Communications is leading a small battalion of Tennessee area broadcasting groups against Federal Communications Commission approval of a merger between XM and Sirius satellite radio. Clear Channel says the move will give XM/Sirius an "unfair spectrum advantage." But now the radio giant has to explain why media consolidation is good for the goose but not for the gander. The company has long protested FCC rules that limit to eight the number of radio stations that it can buy in a designated market. Clear Channel, in tandem with three other groups, met with the FCC's Deborah Taylor Tate on April 6th to lobby hard against the proposed XM/Sirius union. "The broadcasters noted their concerns with the XM-Sirius merger and its adverse impact on free radio and listeners," their public filing, dated April 12th, concludes. Clear Channels' partners in this move include Whit Adamson, President, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, and radio station owners Bayard "Bud" Walters of the Cromwell Group, and Craig Jacobus, President of South Central Communications.
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