Thursday, January 11, 2007
FCC Ditching Payola Probe
Yep, record labels and radio stations never wavered from the old game of cash for airtime. (You need buckets of money to get even a song by a famous star on the radio.) But instead of making arrests and throwing people into jail and breaking the back of this insidious practice, the FCC wants to settle everything in exchange for some "education" and a promise that radio stations would set aside airtime for "independent" artists. Never mind they barely define independent artists or WHEN such indie songs would be played (3 am, anyone?), the real news is that the law has been broken and the FCC is letting it slide. Again.