Harker Research: Gary Shapiro Wants TV Shut Down. Is Radio Next?
June 23, 2011 at 4:17 AM (PT)
In the latest posting on its RADIOINSIGHTS blog, HARKER RESEARCH analysts GLENDA SHRADER BOS and RICHARD HARKER don't pull punches on CEA Pres. GARY SHAPIRO. They wrote:
"Remember GARY SHAPIRO, the FM-chip attack dog for the CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION? It turns out that he hates free television just as much as he hates free radio.
"During the debate over a proposal to require an FM-chip in cellphones, he famously declared, 'Rather than adapt to the digital marketplace, NAB and RIAA act like buggy-whip industries that refuse to innovate and seek to impose penalties on those that do. Calls for an FM chip mandate are not about public safety but are instead about propping up a business which consumers are abandoning as they avail themselves of new, more consumer-friendly options.'
"Now we know this attack was part of a broader agenda to ultimately shut down broadcast. The reason SHAPIRO doesn’t like radio or television is that when someone listens to free radio, or watches free TV, his CEA members don’t get a cut."
Read the full blog here.