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Cox Radio Ends it With Indies

Cox Radio Ends it With Indies

Cox Radio intends to end its relationship with independent music promoters, and work with record labels directly – the first major radio group to make the move to distance itself from a long-time record label practice of hiring independent promoters to promote songs to stations. Critics say the practice has the appearance of payola.
The company’s chief executive Robert Neil told the Los Angeles Times the company would not renew contracts with indies that have expired recently, and will end its remaining indie contracts as they expire during 2003.
Neil told the paper the more the company looked at the practice, the less comfortable it felt.
Recording Industry Association of America chief Hilary Rosen predicted regulators would be pleased with the move while an analyst with Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting believes other radio groups won’t make the change without the pressure of a Congressional investigation of indie promotion.