Communication

  1. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  2. Irish ISP Agrees To Three-Strikes Scheme

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Irish ISP Eircom has made an agreement with the four majors to disconnect users who download music illegally. Eircom declined to instigate the labels' proposal to install software to detect the 'fingerprint' of copyrighted music fil ...

  3. Kevin Martin Resigns From FCC

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST FCC chairman Kevin Martin (pictured) has resigned from his post as commissioner and chairman of the FCC effective Tuesday, Jan. 20. He made the announcement early this afternoon (Jan. 15); just days after hinting that he would stay on until his te ...

  4. Obama Selects FCC Chairman Nominee

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST After much speculation and guess-work, President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his former Harvard Law classmate Julian Genachoswski as nominee for chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski, who has been Obama's techn ...

  5. FCC Appeals Janet Jackson Case To Supreme Court

    November 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The FCC last week appealed a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, saying that court was wrong to throw out the case and a $550,000 fine against CBS Corp. in July. The appellate court cited the FCC practice of not consid ...

  6. U.K. Music Backs Govt Proposal On ISPs

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music, the recently formed umbrella organization encompassing the major British music-industry groups, has declared its support for a co-regulatory system between ISPS, the music industry and a government-appointed body to ensure ISPs tackle ...

  7. FCC Investigates Lawsuit’s Payola Claim

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fallout over a two-year-old wrongful termination suit by an ex-Fonovisa promotions VP continues, with the Federal Communications Commission sending letters of inquiry to radio stations it suspects of having received payments for spins. Billboa ...

  8. SBS Hit With FCC Fines

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The FCC has hit Spanish Broadcasting System with two fines of $16,000 each as a result of what the regulator says was a rule violation in relation to a prank call made last year on "El Vacilon de la Mañana." According to an FCC document ...

  9. Survey: Indie Labels Dissatisfied With Airplay

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade coalition A2IM and the Future of Music Coalition have released a survey of 61 indie labels that points to a continuing dissatisfaction on the part of labels when it comes to getting commercial radio airplay. Over 92% of independent lab ...

  10. ARIA Awards Broadcaster Censured For 'Subliminal' Ads

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT National Australian TV broadcaster Network Ten has been censured for beaming subliminal advertising banners during the telecast of last year's record industry gala, the ARIA Awards. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) fou ...

  11. SRA Applauds N.Y.C. Council PPM Vote; Arbitron Responds

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In response to Wednesday's (Sept. 24) unanimous vote from the New York City Council to call on the FCC to investigate Arbitron's PPM and the electronic ratings system's potential effects on the diversity of radio, the Spanish Radio ...

  12. Playing In The Brand

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For many years, artists and their managers questioned whether linking their music to advertisers was "selling out." That battle is long over. Few even debate the question any longer. Artists now routinely put singles into videogames and ...

  13. Billboard To Participate In Advertising Week

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will be participating in a number of events throughout Advertising Week, an annual gathering of advertising and media leaders in New York. All Billboard events will take place at the Nokia Theatre. On Sept. 23, Billboard and Yahoo will p ...

  14. South African Broadcaster Ups Domestic Music Quota

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced plans to significantly increase its domestic music quota on radio in the lead-up to the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup. Speaking on day one of African music business conference Moshito, S ...

  15. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

  16. Swizz Beatz, DJ Enuf, Young Berg Onboard For PSA Campaign

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Street Science, a school supply maker with an urban focus, launched a print and TV campaign made up of public service announcements with musicians such as Swizz Beatz, DJ Enuf, and Young Berg. In the 30-second spots, which hit the Internet last we ...

  17. Leveraging Social Networks Takes Focus At Bandwidth

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A panel on "word of mouse" at the Bandwidth conference focused on new trends in social networking and how advertisers can leverage those networks to reach music fans. Aaron Barnes, VP of sales and business development at Friendster, poin ...

  18. YouLicense Closes Funding Round

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music licensing firm YouLicense has received an undisclosed round of funding from Israel's Ofer Media. The YouLicense platform lets artist and record labels place music available for advertisements and other purposes online, with a set ...

  19. Adelstein Reverses, Votes Against Satellite Merger

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein this morning (July 23) voted against the proposed Sirius-XM merger after the satcasters refused to embrace any of the conditions he proposed to win his support for the deal, R&R has confirmed. "It was c ...

  20. FCC's Copps Rejects Satellite Merger Plan

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Michael Copps, a longtime warrior against media consolidation, on Monday (July 21) voted against the proposed Sirius, XM satellite radio merger, a decision that has lingered at the FCC for more than 410 days. R&R confirmed Cop ...

  21. Turn Off Radio, Tune In To Marketing, Says McBride

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music labels have depended on radio airplay for so long, they have never learned the art of effective and relevant marketing, a scenario that has contributed to the current industry slump. That is the damning message from Terry McBride, co-founder ...

  22. SBS Joins Mobile Marketing Network

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System's radio stations have joined mobile marketing company HipCricket's network of Hispanic broadcasters and advertising clients. The move puts the network's reach at more than seven million listeners and brin ...

  23. U.K. Gov't Urges Industry To Tackle Touts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government will not enforce strict new rules to regulate the secondary ticketing sector, but instead has called upon the live music industry to collectively clean its own act up. In its response to a Parliamentary select committee repo ...

  24. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  25. CIRPA: Report Shows 'Deep-Rooted' Problem With Airplay

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Canadian government study of the amount of airplay given to new musicians by Canadian radio demonstrates a deep-rooted problem, the head of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association says. "The situation is even worse than we ex ...

  26. O2 Rapped By U.K. Regulator

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. mobile operator O2, a major investor in mobile music and live music, has been attacked by telecoms regulator Ofcom for failing to meet its obligations to roll out 3G (third-generation high-speed) services. Industry experts believe the availab ...

  27. Canadian Music Industry Perseveres In Challenging Times

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST With CD sales falling faster than digital sales rise and with layoffs at Canada's major labels, many executives in the country's music business are worried about the implications of a continued decline in the music industry. Much of the ...

  28. Jay-Z, Stoute Partner For Ad Agency

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and entrepreneur Steve Stoute have partnered to launch Translation Advertising. The company aims to aid mainstream marketers in reaching multicultural consumers and will be a part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging which works wit ...

  29. Website Specialist Mubito Launches

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST International labels and artists have access to a range of new online tools with the roll-out of Mubito, a Malmö, Sweden-based firm which enables users to build sophisticated Web sites. According to Andrew Martyn, CEO and founder of Mubito, the pl ...

  30. MPs: Secondary Ticket Industry Needs To 'Clean Up Its Act'

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Parliamentary select committee has described the inflated prices in the secondary ticket market as "unfair", but MPs have stopped short of recommending government intervention saying this "should only be considered as last resort& ...

  31. Geffen Aims For Online Gamers

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Geffen Records boy band NLT will be receiving a heightened profile in the online videogame world, and not just from getting their songs on soundtracks. The label has teamed with in-game advertising firm Mochi Media to run a campaign aimed at young ...

  32. U.K.'s DCMS Prepares For A Digital Radio Future

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport has established a taskforce to assist in the nationwide transition from analog to digital radio. The Digital Radio Working Group will comprise key stakeholders including Ofcom, Brit ...

  33. Biggerboat.com Launches Targeted Ad Platform

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST BiggerBoat.com unveiled a new Internet advertising network designed for digital entertainment outlets. The system was created to place advertising into movies, music, TV shows and videogames on the Web. BiggerBoat is an entertainment search engine ...

  34. Judge Makes Key Ruling In Ticketmaster Suit

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Los Angeles issued a preliminary injunction against RMG Technologies to stop creating, trafficking in, or facilitating the use of computer programs that allow its clients to circumvent the protection systems on the ticketmaster. ...

  35. Feds Eye Fines For Satcasters

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sirius and XM satellite radio companies are coming under the FCC spotlight for producing and distributing inferior radio receivers and for placing terrestrial repeaters in unapproved locations, and could face fines according to FCC chairman Kevin ...

  36. Canadian Report Calls For 'Emerging Artists' Definition

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A review of radio in Canada has recommended that the national radio broadcasting and music industries develop a framework to encourage airplay for new talent. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which regulates radio i ...

  37. Clear Channel Revises Indie Contract

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has revised its online agreement for indie artists and labels who want to upload their music to be considered for broadcast and digital downloading. The agreement, which came under the spotlight when the American Assn. of Independent ...

  38. One-Word, Image Indecency Bill Introduced

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon marked up the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, (S.1780), introduced last week by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and immediately gained important co-sponsorship from leading leg ...

  39. Baidu, Rock Records Team For Chinese Music Service

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based Web portal Baidu and independent Taipei-based label Rock Records are launching an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China. Baidu users will be able to listen to songs from Rock's catalog free of charge whil ...

  40. U.K. Commercial Radio Calls For Immediate Deregulation

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s commercial radio stations have called on independent regulator Ofcom to speed up the rate of change in the sector. RadioCentre -- the body that represents 320 U.K. commercial radio stations -- today (July 4) gave its response to Of ...

  41. Snocap Names Chief Advancement Officer

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snocap has appointed Rex Ishibashi to the position of chief advancement officer. Ishibashi is responsible for overseeing the company’s revenue growth, advertising and sponsor sales, and is involved with overall strategy. Most previously, Ishibashi ...

  42. Mozes, Universal Labels In Deal For Mobile Communities

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile marketing firm Mozes has landed a deal with Universal Motown and Universal Republic under which more than 60 artists can now use the company's text-messaging service to create mobile fan communities. Mozes announced the deal at Billboa ...

  43. CRTC To Review Broadcast Diversity

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canadian government broadcast regulator, intends that the growing rate of media concentration in Canada merits public debate. The CRTC announced on Tuesday (March 13) that ...

  44. CRTC Appoints Von Finckenstein Chairman

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian Federal Court Judge Konrad von Finckenstein has been named chairman of Canada's broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in Ottawa. "Mr. von Finckenstein's credentials will bring ...

  45. Aussie Live Biz Hunts Scalpers

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Performance Australia is leaning towards self-regulation rather than pushing for legislation as the best solution to cutting out ticket scalpers. Last month, online auction site eBay successfully sued Creative Festival Entertainment, promoter ...

  46. Canada's CRTC Rules On Content Quotas

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Following its review of commercial radio and hearings last May in Ottawa, Canada's broadcast regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) unveiled on Dec. 15 a decision that sided with Canadian broadcasters ...

  47. UMPG Promotes Eaton

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Tom Eaton to VP of music for advertising. He will serve as a liaison between the publisher, its songwriters and advertising agencies. During his eight years with UMPG, Eaton has placed songs in commerc ...

  48. UMPG Promotes Eaton

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Tom Eaton to VP of music for advertising. He will serve as a liaison between the publisher, its songwriters and advertising agencies. During his eight years with UMPG, Eaton has placed songs in commerc ...

  49. UMPG Promotes Eaton

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Becomes VP of music for advertising. Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Tom Eaton to VP of music for advertising. He will serve as a liaison between the publisher, its songwriters and advertising agencies. During his eight years with UM ...

  50. Billboard Research Services

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Research Services offers insight into a wealth of information from the industry authority. Own official Billboard chart and article copies, purchase pre-made research packages, order artist Billboard Research Services offers insight into ...

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