Is There An SBS/Arbitron PPM Truce?
April 13, 2010 at 6:07 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has confirmed that SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM and ARBITRON are close to settling their ongoing PPM fight. A spokesperson for ARBITRON would not comment, saying only "it's an ongoing negotiation." SBS has been contacted for comment.
On MARCH 31st, the on-again, off-again argument was off-again on SBS stations, as NEW YORK Supreme Court Judge SHIRLEY KORNREICH lifted her order forcing SBS to keep encoding PPM (NET NEWS 3/31), and the two sides were to appear before her again this THURSDAY (4/15).
It’s still not known if SBS has plugged its encoders in NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO and MIAMI back in while negotiations are ongoing.
Now, that meeting appears to have been pushed in favor of out-of-court negotations.
It's still not known if SBS has plugged its encoders in NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO and MIAMI back in while negotiations are ongoing.
[With UNIVISION's announced encoding in five more markets, MIAMI, SAN DIEGO, PHOENIX, SAN ANTONIO and LAS VEGAS (NET NEWS 4/1), does that add political clout to ARBITRON's side of the table for a settlement? What do you think? Comment below.]