Minority Broadcasters, NAB Fight Performance Fee
May 12, 2009 at 10:27 AM (PT)
The REV. AL SHARPTON, host of his own program on RADIO ONE, is calling on listeners to contact U.S. Rep. JOHN CONYERS, D-MI., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed performance fee on minority radio outlets, says The NAB.
"I've seen the financials, and I know how many [stations] are at the edge of bankruptcy," said MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL Exec. Dir. DAVID HONIG. "If this bill passes, conservatively at least one-third of those companies will go bankrupt."
Added RADIO ONE CEO ALFRED LIGGINS, "Mr. CONYERS is about to single-handedly throw an iconic American industry into bankruptcy."
NAB Adds 9 More Reps Against Performance Royalty
The NAB has corralled nine more lawmakers to oppose the RIAA-lobbied performance royalty bill now being considered in CONGRESS. House Judiciary Committee Member ELTON GALLEGLY (CA) and Reps. RUBEN HINOJOSA (TX), ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (FL), TIMOTHY WALZ (MN), TOM PERRIELLO (VA), BRAD MILLER (NC), RUSS CARNAHAN (MO), KEN CALVERT (CA) and EARL POMEROY (ND-AL) have all added their support to H. Con. Res. 49, the Local Radio Freedom Act.
To date, 192 lawmakers have signed on to oppose any radio performance royalty bill.