Co. is industry's third largest in total revenue.
Nine days after Cumulus Media announced it would stop reporting music adds to trade publications, another major broadcaster has followed suit. Billboard Radio Monitor has confirmed that Cox Radio, the industry’s third largest company in total revenue, will no longer reveal the new songs its stations add to their weekly playlists. The move affects some publications more than others, especially those that still rely on such reporting to compile weekly most-added tallies and airplay charts.
As with Cumulus, the move will not affect any Billboard Radio Monitor charts or features, which are based entirely on electronic monitoring of actual station broadcasts provided by Nielsen BDS, rather than reported play provided by individual stations.
A Cox programmer told Billboard Radio Monitor that neither his cluster nor the company has released any statement or announcement of the change. Local management informed employees of the policy change. “Cox wants to operate above board,” the programmer said.
Station employees were also reminded of a longstanding Cox policy not to share proprietary station research with outside parties.
The source said that his cluster GM planned a meeting to discuss the new policy and that it was likely to come up at companywide Cox Radio programming meetings taking place next week in Tampa.