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Feingold Tries Again to Limit New ‘Pay-to-Play’

Feingold Tries Again to Limit New 'Pay-to-Play'

Senator Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has re-introduced his the “Competition in Radio and Concert Industries Act,” and plans to testify about the bill Thurs. in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on radio ownership. Feingold’s legislation would prohibit anti-competitive practices in the radio and concert industries.
“The time has come for Congress to address the issue of consolidation in the radio industry,” Feingold said. “Since originally introducing this legislation in June of 2002, I have seen a groundswell of interest both in Congress and among artists, consumers, independent radio stations, and local promoters in restoring fairness to radio. My legislation will reduce concentration and crack down on anti-competitive practices, such as the new pay-to-play system.”
Feingold’s legislation has been endorsed by Consumers Union, the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, the Spanish Broadcasting Service, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Future of Music Coalition.