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Clear Channel CEO lambastes FCC over Satellite Radio Merger

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Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays
Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays had words about the FCC's approving of the merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio at a panel during this week's NAB Radio Show.

"I don't know how they [the FCC] allowed XM and Sirius to merge into a monopoly," said Clear Channel chief Mark Mays (pictured left, next to his father and Clear Channel chairman, Lowry Mays).

Of course, that criticism didn't prevent Clear Channel from revamping their channels on XM following the Sirius XM Radio Inc. merger. The Clear Channel controlled channels are reported to earn the radio conglomerate "seven figure revenue" annually.

Mays continued his remarks about the FCC, "They clearly didn't have the backbone right now to do the right thing." Mays added that "the right thing" would be to mandate that HD Radio be included in all receivers.

I wonder if calling Chairman Kevin Martin, as well as Commissioners McDowell and Tate, as having no "backbone" will encourage the FCC to do "the right thing"?

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It's 'lambastes ', not 'lambasts '.

The spelling police to the rescue. Thanks, it's been corrected.

They look mad.

Those comments come from the CEO of the company that has thrown more broadcasters in the unemployment line and has done the most to damage local radio with its use of cookie-cutter "one size fits all" formats, slashing of news departments and utilizing out-of-market voice-tracking DJs???

Two rank extortionists. Pathetic.

I don't think HD RADIOS in SATELLITE RADIOS would constitute fair trade and may be against FTC (Federal Trade Commission) rules and laws!

If they did allow this it would only be fair to also have satellite radio in all device types as well.

This would be too expensive for manufacturers!

I don't believe adding HD RADIOS into satellite Radios would be right and it's not healthy for consumers.

>> Two rank extortionists. Pathetic.

I can think of a few rank extortionists, and they work at SIRI, not CCU.

make the big push for HD radio to be included in the satellite radios.. I mean the NAB pushed hard not to have the merger approved and see what happened.. it was.. now push hard for this and maybe this won't be allowed..

I believe those two assholes are some of the main reasons radio sucks as badly as it does nowadays.

Pricks.

this is so annoying why don't these people get it, I listen to satellite radio, not commercial radio, why would i want a bulky hd receiver in my satellite radio, if I wanted regular radio i would listen to regular radio not pay radio. these people are clawing at anything to help them stay alive. its 2008 no one cares about terrestrial radio anymore MOVE ON. (not you Ryan)

Anthony,
"too expensive for manufacturers, I don't believe adding HD RADIOS into satellite Radios would be right and it's not healthy for consumers."

too expensive? adding a HD chip to satradio's would be inexpensive. Right and healthy for consumers? yeah giving consumers choice and options is never right or healthy, we all learned that when Mel hatched this whole "merge" monopoly scheme in the first place. There is now no choice in satradio and since there is no competition price will go up while value will go down. That is if SiriusXM even gets a chance to last a year, since there isn't a bank in its right might which will refinance SiriusXM's bad debt which is due soon.


Regular radio sucks plain and simple. I don't want to hear half an hour of commercials and the same 10 songs over and over and don't get me started on the generic cookie cutter talk shows......

According to BroadcastLawBlog, the FCC has run into problems in Appeals Court trying such mandates, and probalby does not have such authority, as it is limited:

http://tinyurl.com/68tcy9

This would be anti-competitive, and should be dismissed in Court. I think this is partly a bluff by the FCC to expose HD Radio's reception problems, paltry battery life, etc. iBiquity does not have the funds, nor do radio groups at this point, to fund such an endevour, and for synergies to get HD Radio widely in-dash. Besides, HD Radio simply does not work.

"yeah giving consumers choice and options is never right or healthy"

The awesome thing about CHOICE is that I can choose not to buy a shitty HD radio, instead of having it FORCED upon me when I CHOOSE to buy a satellite radio.

Forcing a competitor to sell your awful product is not providing consumers "options".

Your concepts of CHOICES and MONOPOLIES are seriously fucking flawed.

Lets not forget that Mel was one of those assholes that ruined FM radio too. And where is the new monopoly's stock today? Wait, let me flush it.

Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:30 AM = Just more of Debunked internet troll, Pocketradio's FUD.

AWWW, poor little money grubbing destroyer of culture. someone might cut into your revenue stream. how will the poor thing pay the payments on his Bugatti?

Don't worry Anonymous, we all knew HD radio sucked long before pocketradio started documenting it.

THESE TWO PERSONIFY ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH CORPORATE AMERICA TODAY.

Glad Clear channel is mad, Maybe now they understand how the consumers they screwed felt as they took over so many radio stations.
Clear channel to me is one of the biggest reasons to DUMP commerical radio and go to satelitte.
Clear channel can say what they want but they got what they deserved! So worried about advertising and expanding and never paying attention to the people who listen. There was a time I could not go without a good FM rock station, not any more. In fact, if Satellite radio was to go away tomorrow I still would never go back to Commerical radio. Thank God for Ipods and MP3 players. As for commerial radio they are dead and buried to me

Mr. (and I use that term very loosely) Mays' boo-hooing to the FCC was to be expected. What a hypocritical piece of filth.

He and his ilk have caused the destruction of terrestrial radio, and the rise of satellite.

Unfortunately, I fear that Sirius/XM may go the same way and be as bland, consultantized and boring as what's here on Earth.

Time will tell...I wonder how long before the Mays family churns Cheap Channel into the ground, take their golden parachutes and fly away.

Can't come too soon for the first part anyway.

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