Charlie Ferguson Takes A Second Shot At NAB, musicFirst
October 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM (PT)
NORTHERN BROADCASTING GM CHARLIE FERGUSON took issue with both the NAB and the musicFIRST COALITION when he responded to NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON's rationale for even offering a compromise on the performance rights issue. YESTERDAY, WHARTON defended the rationale of compromise by telling ALL ACCESS, "It's better to engage our adversaries and shape the future than have it shaped for us" (NET NEWS, 10/26).
"The musicFIRST COALITION claims that artists don't need radio anymore,' FERGUSON told ALL ACCESS. "If that’s true, someone should put in a call to the DIXIE CHICKS and ask them if they'd like to back up to right before Radio stopped playing their songs!"
Deriding the rationale of compromise, FERGUSON further declared, "There wasn't enough political will to even bring a bill to the floor of either the HOUSE or the SENATE last session, but suddenly the NAB offers to settle? I also find it interesting that as soon as the NAB offered to settle, MusicFIRST refused, called their bet and raised them immediately. It's unfortunate the NAB Radio Board now finds itself stranded on an island -- no deal with MusicFIRST and no tenable route of retreat. The 'deal' musicFIRST seeks is extortion, plain and simple.
"Mr. WHARTON says no one else is quitting the NAB, but I don't believe it," he continued. "It’s time for the real radio broadcasters to step up and make ourselves heard. It’s obvious to me the NAB Board vision for the future is to appease ... and history has shown that doesn't tend to work out well. Perhaps a refresher course is in order for NAB leadership. I recommend they check the library under NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN."