Andrea Tantaros' Lawsuit Draws Response From TRN's Mark Masters
October 11, 2013 at 4:44 AM (PT)
In the wake of the lawsuit filed by syndicated morning host and FOX NEWS CHANNEL "THE FIVE" co-host ANDREA TANTAROS against her radio syndicator TALK RADIO NETWORK (NET NEWS 10/10) for fraud and breach of contract, TRN Pres./CEO MARK MASTERS has responded with a statement suggesting that a "third party" is misleading TANTAROS but praising her abilities and hoping for a resolution to the dispute.
The statement reads, “Our relationship with ANDREA has been wonderful. She is a brilliant host and a talented person. Until very recently, we had an excellent relationship with her.
"We are now concerned that a third party is misleading her to their own direct benefit. This is not an uncommon problem when the host of a successful syndicated radio show has achieved such early success in our industry.
"In any event, we look forward to the prompt resolution of the matter in our favor, and to moving forward on a positive and mutually rewarding basis with ANDREA for many years to come.
"In the approximately nine months that ANDREA has been in syndication with TRN ENTERTAINMENT, the combination of our investment of our radio expertise, training, coaching, support, promotion, affiliate relations, time, effort and substantial dollars into the development of the show and of ANDREA as a radio personality, combined with ANDREA’s growth as a radio personality, has built the show from start-up status to the seventh-largest Talk radio show in the TALKERS’ rankings, and has landed ANDREA on the cover of the OCTOBER Talk radio issue of RADIO INK. To our knowledge, this has never been done before. It is a testament to the mutually successful collaboration between ANDREA and our team.
"Regardless of this temporary intrigue, there is no legal basis for ANDREA to terminate our contract (to the benefit of a predatory competitor), and we will require, and fully expect, her to abide by its terms. Contrary to certain reports we have heard, we are in full compliance with our obligations under the contract, and are prepared to enforce our rights.”
TANTAROS is alleging that MASTERS made false statements to induce her into signing with TRN and promised to invest millions of dollars into promoting the show, but did not disclose that TRN was suing DIAL GLOBAL and then laid off most of the staff, including TANTAROS' show support staff and most of the sales team, and reduced the show to getting "C-list" guests and no editorial guidance or production help.