Calls for FCC to act on the evidence.

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein quickly reacted to the news today of a settlement by the New York Attorney General’s office and Warner Music Group on issues of payola. In a prepared statement, Adelstein said the WMG settlement was “a breakthrough” in the efforts against payola, and that the agreement “adds more dirt to the mountain of evidence that payola is pervasive in the music business.”

Adelstein went on to say that the WMG agreement “raises serious concerns” that federal law under the FCC’s jurisdiction has been violated, along with New York state law. “The FCC needs to act on this evidence and conclude as soon as possible the investigation we are now undertaking,” Adelstein said.