Concert Promoter Sues Salem Over 'Monopoly' In Portland Christian Concert Biz
July 6, 2012 at 4:15 AM (PT)
Concert promoter LMG CONCERTS is suing SALEM COMMUNICATIONS over alleged "monopoly control" of the Christian concert market in PORTLAND, OR and other markets.
ABC NEWS reports that LMG's suit alleges that SALEM, its Contemporary Christian KFIS (104.1 THE FISH)/PORTLAND and its FISH CONCERTS have "built a monopolistic, multimedia empire that is severely harming LMG's ability to compete, decreasing overall competition, and resulting in higher prices and fewer offerings for consumers." "Because THE FISH controls 100% of the market share for commercial Contemporary Christian Music in the PORTLAND metro area,"
LMG's suit adds, "for LMG to successfully advertise and otherwise promote a Contemporary Christian Music concert in the PORTLAND metro area, it must have access to advertising and promotion on THE FISH" and alleges that the station's "threatening to deny, and in fact denying critical airplay, advertising, and other on-air promotional support, for LMG concerts and to LMG's artists, has caused LMG to lose many business relationships and prospective business relationships."