Emmis Inks Consent Decree With FCC Over Payola Allegations At 101X/Austin
July 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM (PT)
EMMIS AUSTIN RADIO BROADCASTING CO., L.P. has inked a Consent Decree with the FCC settling what a complaint to the Commission called a "payola scheme."
The specific allegation in the 2006 complaint was that Alternative KROX (101X)/BUDA-AUSTIN "received valuable consideration from: (a) a heavy metal music store; (b) a venue where featured bands perform live; and (c) a booking agent and a band manager" and that "independent artists are unable to secure airplay unless they sponsor events organized by the Station but directed or hosted by the host." EMMIS agreed to a compliance plan and a $12,000 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treasury to settle the complaint.