FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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April 13, 2007
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Janice Wise at (202) 418-7450
Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released Orders adopting Consent Decrees with CBS Radio, Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Entercom Communications Corp. (collectively, "the broadcasters"). Under the Consent Decrees, the broadcasters agree to pay a combined $12.5 million to close investigations into each broadcaster's possible violations of the Commission's sponsorship identification rules for the practice commonly referred to as "payola." Specifically, the Consent Decrees resolve allegations that the broadcasters may have accepted cash or other valuable consideration from record labels in exchange for airplay of artists from those labels, without disclosing those arrangements.
In addition to the $12.5 million in voluntary contributions, the broadcasters agree to implement certain business reforms and compliance measures. Key provisions of the Consent Decrees include:
Action by the Commission on March 21, 2007, by Order (FCC 07-29), Order (FCC 07-28), Order (FCC 07-27), and on March 23, 2007, by Order (FCC 07-42). Chairman Martin and Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell, with Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell issuing separate statements.
Enforcement Bureau media contact: Janice Wise at (202) 418-7450