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iHeartMedia Layoffs Continue Across Multiple Radio Markets — Here’s the Latest

Back in April, following a series of personnel cutbacks that preceded the COVID-19 pandemic, iHeartMedia revealed that it planned to trim $250 million in costs this year. Now, the company has parted with several additional employees across multiple radio markets as part of this far-reaching undertaking. iHeartMedia recently informed the affected team members of the […]

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Independent Broadcasters Slam Nielsen’s ‘Outdated System of Ratings Gathering’

Photo Credit: Eric Nopanen The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) has slammed Nielsen’s “outdated system of ratings gathering” ahead of the “Subscriber First” policy’s 2021 rollout – besides indicating that it’s “in conversations” with Bellevue, Washington’s Eastlan Ratings to design a digital-ratings tool. Nielsen Audio higher-ups introduced the controversial “Subscriber First” pivot last week. In brief, […]

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Traditional AM/FM Radio Is Growing During COVID-19 Quarantines

(photo: Eric Nopanen) With government-issued stay-at-home orders and non-essential business closures continuing to affect schedules across the United States and the world, many are turning from music streaming services to video platforms like Netflix and Hulu. However, a newly published study found that AM/FM radio, for its part, is growing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. […]

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Is the Music Industry Working With Incomplete Data? WARM Says the Radio Picture Is Glaringly Absent

photo: Atik Sulianami Back in 2015, WARM founder & CEO Jesper Skibsby managed Few Wolves, a two-piece Danish act. Under Skibsby’s direction, Few Wolves signed a contract with a major record label and released two singles: “Smile” and “Never Know,” both of which, admittedly, didn’t live up to commercial expectations. In the wake of this […]

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SAG-AFTRA Doubles Down on Efforts to Secure Union Contracts for Spanish Broadcasting System Employees

SAG-AFTRA is upping the ante in its multiyear quest for a contract with the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), a large owner and operator of Hispanic radio stations (namely La Raza and Mega) in the United States and Puerto Rico. Yesterday, about 200 members and employees of SAG-AFTRA, which is part of the AFL–CIO, wore shirts […]

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BMI Settles Their Rate Dispute With Major Radio Broadcasters — Irving Azoff’s War Continues

BMI and the RMLC have finally settled their pricing dispute; new deal covers 2017-2021. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), one of the leading US-based performing rights organizations, has settled a long-running pricing disagreement with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents roughly 10,000 commercial radio stations in America. The multi-year deal will be in place […]