Obama Gets Letter From Minority Owners About PPM
August 10, 2009 at 9:12 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS reported last week (NET NEWS 8/6) that minority broadcasters took their case for a piece of the federal bailout to the WHITE HOUSE at a meeting with senior OBAMA administration officials.
The meeting was disclosed in an op-ed piece in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS by INNER CITY BROADCASTING CORP. Chairman PIERRE M. SUTTON, who argued in the piece, "No new laws would have to be passed. The Treasury Department can easily tap into funds already appropriated under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which has helped to restore credit flows to the financial and domestic automobile supplier industries. Bridge financing or government-backed loans could also be provided until the financial system recovers."
TODAY, The PPM COALITION has released the text of a letter sent to Pres. OBAMA by the NAACP, THE HISPANIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP, and THE MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL, voicing their grave concern about the continued undercounting of minority radio listeners by ARBITRON’s PPM system. Asking the administration to review the matter immediately, their letter claims how serious the current threat is and asks Pres. OBAMA "to lend his leadership to this critical situation."
"The decision to reach out to THE WHITE HOUSE comes in the wake of the FLORIDA Attorney General launching an investigation (the fourth AG to do so), Congress asking the GAO to investigate, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform launching its own investigation, and the FCC releasing a Notice of Inquiry," wrote The PPM COALITION
Read the full letter here.
ARBITRON has declined comment on the matter.