If you bought into XM Radio for
uninterrupted music and talk radio wherever you go, you may be a bit
disappointed by this news. Four of its stations provided by Clear
Channel will now have commercials thanks to a settlement agreement
reached by the two companies:
In addition, commercial
advertisements will resume on music programming currently provided to
us by Clear Channel. Certain of these changes implement a
settlement agreement and are in accordance with the preliminary
decision of the arbitration panel for a dispute we had with Clear
Channel relating to our respective rights and obligations under
agreements entered into in connection with Clear Channel’s 1998
investment in us.
With XM Radio offering over 160
channels, I don't think that four stations with commercials will
bother too many people – but you never know.
quote: What is wrong with Clear Channel?
quote: i think you mean capitalism, not democracy. if CC started spewing forth lies & propaganda they'd be held immediately accountable.
quote: Yeah and just think, they don't even tell half of the lies that Clinton and Gore did.
quote: Oh boy lets see where do I start....
quote: The news media was consolidated long before ClearChannel rose to power. Did that concern you? Or did your "fears for democracy" arise only when opinions differing from yours began being aired?
quote: What is it you hate about Clear Channel so much?
quote: Forcibly (not "forceably") controlling the viewpoints we see is something the mainstream media has been doing for decades.
quote: Seriously, do you have to act like such a child? You posted they create monopolies, then you claimed you never said it. Now you're tossing in some disclaimer about "national" monopolies to cover your ass.
quote: I found one salient fact in there. CC owns or operates a grand total of 75 domestic venues. So it doesn't seem they're anywhere near a monopoly there either.
quote: When all the media outlets are all expressing the exact same viewpoint, it hardly matters who owns them, now does it?
quote: In any case, you are still missing the most important point. Terrestial broadcasts are no longer a monopoly, period. The market has changed. You have cable, satellite, the Internet...all accessible in these markets. The concept of a "local market" doesn't really exist any more.
quote: This is truly getting ludicrous. Unparalled? Ever hear of a little company called Time Warner? They are over FIVE TIMES larger than ClearChannel...and they control a far larger share of the US media market. I go months or years without even hearing a ClearChannel station...but Time Warner stations, movies, and cable broadcasts are inescapable. And lets not forget their tiny little subsidiary known as AOL. Walk into any doctors office in the country and you'll see a hundred Time Warner magazines...including the propaganga rags "US News" and "Time Magazine", both putting far more of a censored slant on the news than anything ClearChannel ever dreamed up.
ClearChannel "unparalleled" in media clout? What nonsense. You just lost what little credibility you had left. In the media world, they're not even in the top three. I gave you one, let's see if you can come up with the other two.
quote: Add a few more and soon we will be back to the mind numbing drivel that we now experience with traditional radio.
quote: With XM Radio offering over 160 channels, I don't think that four stations with commercials will bother too many people – but you never know.