The ratings stalemate between Infinity and Arbitron is over. Infinity signed a new deal with the radio ratings provider on Aug. 17, after operating its 185 radio stations without industry standard rat

NEW YORK -- The ratings stalemate between Infinity and Arbitron is over. Infinity signed a new deal with the radio ratings provider on Aug. 17, after operating its 185 radio stations without industry standard ratings for more than a month.

On June 24, Infinity CEO Joel Hollander made headlines by dumping Arbitron and simultaneously cutting a multi-year contract with The Media Audit, a Houston-based researcher best known in the radio world for its qualitative data. Infinity's Arbitron contract expired July 16, with the release of the spring '04 ratings.

While some dismissed the stalemate as an Infinity negotiating tactic, Hollander had indicated that money wasn't the only issue, citing concerns about Arbitron's methodology going forward.

The deal, effective immediately, not only restores Arbitron's second-largest radio client, but paves the way for Infinity to participate in next year's crucial round of Portable People Meter tests.

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