[JPL] FCC Payola Probe Widens

Bob Stockton drbob at modernjazzclassics.com
Thu Apr 20 12:43:57 EDT 2006


My understanding from the article is that negotiations broke down over the 
amount of the fine and the FCC is pushing forward.

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>>>>>>>>>>>> The FCC's new  investigation is the largest federal radio 
>>>>>>>>>>>> bribery
> inquiry since Congress  opened hearings on pay-for-play in 1960. Those
> inquiries resulted in the  first federal "payola" laws and killed the 
> career
> of famed disc jockey Alan  Freed, who pleaded guilty to two counts of
> commercial bribery and was fined  $300.   <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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> some of you may have missed this, but Elliott Spitzer, the Attorney 
> General
> of NY who's been at the crux of this investigation (and fined Warner Bros. 
> $10
> mill), recently stated that although he'd been working with the FCC in
> investigating payola, that the FCC had recently gone behind his back and 
> cut
> deals with the rest of the Major labels for a fraction of what WB had to 
> pay
> (which was a slap on the wrist in the fist place). so the question 
> becomes, why
> would the FCC undercut Spitzer's investigation? as Deep Throat said, 
> "follow
> the  money." which major corporations made major contributions to the 
> current
> administration in DC? in other words, it's pretty unlikely  that much is 
> going
> to change as a result of this FCC  investigation.
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