Mediabase And Media Monitors To Merge, Rich Meyer Exits Mediabase
February 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM (PT)
SHOCKER!!! MEDIABASE Pres./co-Founder RICH MEYER has left the company after 25 years, effective immediately, following the announcement of a plan to fully integrate the data acquisition and operations of MEDIABASE and MEDIA MONITORS. CLEAR CHANNEL owns both companies.
According to PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS President CHARLIE RAHILLY, "(RCS/MEDIA MONITORS CEO & President) PHILIPPE GENERALI will oversee data acquisition and all operations from RCS/MEDIA MONITORS in WHITE PLAINS, NY. I’d like to thank him for his contributions over the years and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
"I'm confident that this new structure will closely align what was formerly two separate divisions and enable us to provide the most robust airplay data available to the music industry, radio programmers and sales teams. We will continue to move forward to maintain our status as the best media monitoring service."
GENERALI commented, "These are big shoes to fill. RICH MEYER invented music monitoring in the US and I want to pay tribute to this achievement. We will continue the tradition of innovation and top-of-the-shelf data analysis that made the reputation of MEDIABASE."
MEYER told ALL ACCESS, "I want to extend my deep and sincere thank you to everyone who has been part of this amazing journey that is MEDIABASE. My wife NANCY and I literally dreamed up the concept of monitored airplay a quarter centry ago, and we have never looked back.
"From our original investment group in DETROIT who embraced the dream, to the countless individuals who have poured their hearts and souls into the products and services we have provided, words cannot express my graditude.
"From 'MONDAY MORNING REPLAY', to floppy data discs, through industry publication and website partnerships, to the Internet, MEDIABASE has been an industry innovator and leader from day one. Most of our product innovations came from the endless streams of ideas from our subscribers in the record industry, and at radio. I am lucky to have formed many lifelong friendships with so many awesome people. I walk away with my head held high."
Reach RICH MEYER at (818) 268-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.