IMPALA Calls For Improved Access To European Radio Following Settlement On Payola And Dedicated Airtime For Independents
Impala calls for specific measures in Europe for independent artists and record companies to improve access to radio, promoting innovation and diversity. This follows a deal agreed to by US independent record companies through their association, A2IM, with Clear Channel, CBS and other major broadcasters to set aside thousands of half hour radio slots dedicated to independent record companies.
The A2IM agreement is a result of two recent investigations into payola in the USA by the US competition regulator FCC and also by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, last year. They led to the major labels and major radio broadcasters paying millions of dollars compensation and agreeing strict rules on how they deal with each other to eliminate payola.
IMPALA welcomes the initiative by A2IM, which is a member of the worldwide network of independent music associations WIN, to which IMPALA and other regional and national associations belong.
Payola includes providing incentives for airplay. European independent record companies can also encounter difficulties in getting on radio in Europe. Impala has already raised this issue with the EC Commission in the context of the in-depth investigations currently going on into music mergers SonyBMG and UniversalBMG.
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