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Volume 24, Issue 236, Jim Carnegie, Editor & Publisher
Wednesday Morning December 5th, 2007

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Clear Channel closing
won't come until 2008

While still awaiting regulatory approval for its private equity buyout, Clear Channel Communications announced plans to pay a regular quarterly dividend to its current shareholders. CCU says it is confident it will obtain FCC and antitrust clearance for the buyout, but that closing will not come before the end of 2007. The company said it intends to exercise its right to extend the termination date for the buyout, which had been set for December12th. The new termination date will be June 12, 2008. "Subject to the receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, Clear Channel expects the closing of the merger will occur during the first quarter 2008," the company announcement stated. Under the deal, shareholders are to be paid 39.20 per share as the company is taken private by Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the Mays family. In the meantime, the regular dividend of 18.75 cents per share will be paid on or before January 15th to shareholders of record on New Year's Eve.

RBR observation: The shareholders have voted to approve the deal and the parties insist that the financing is holding firm, but what it holding up those regulatory approvals? It is hard to imagine that there is anything for the DOJ antitrust watchdogs to really consider, since the company is not growing through a merger, just changing owners. We didn't think there was any reason for anyone at the FCC to object, either, but then Commissioner Michael Copps voted "no" on the sale of the Clear Channel TV group to Providence Equity Partners - not that he bothered to cite any legal basis for his no vote, just a vague concern that the FCC hadn't looked into the implications of private equity investment in media. Copps seems to think that is something new. Wake up Commissioner, private equity funds have been investing in radio and TV for decades.

CBS Radio heading into positive territory
CBS Corporation CEO Les Moonves was effusive in his praise of CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason for the turnaround taking place in the radio division. "I am, for the first time in a while, guardedly optimistic about the potential for growth in '08 for the radio business," Moonves told the UBS Media Conference in New York as he spelled out the changes that Mason has made. "On top of just executing, of blocking and tackling better, we have seen Dan change the format in New York on our radio stations. We've seen ratings growth which has been pretty sensational and sales growth coming with it," Moonves said. Thus, he expects to see CBS Radio post a revenue gain in 2008. The CBS CEO also complained of what a bad job radio has done in the past of going after political ad spending - something else he said is changing for the coming year. Asked in Q&A whether he was finished selling off stations from the CBS portfolio, Moonves said their might still be some pruning of the radio group, but no major effort to sell stations. Mason made his own appearance later at the UBS conference, calling on CBS Radio Sr. VP of Research Lucy Hughes to deliver the message that radio is becoming more of a reach medium for advertisers, as demonstrated by Arbitron's PPM measurement. And she spelled out some of the efforts underway to persuade political campaigns to allot more of their budgets to reach voters via radio.

Commerce Committee passes through Dorgan/Lott bill
Time is winding down for Congress in 2007, but Dan Inouye (D-HI) has promised to try to get the Byron Dorgan (D-ND)/Trent Lott (R-MS) Media Ownership bill down to the Senate floor for a vote, following its easy passage through the Commerce Committee yesterday. The bill, S.2332 "Media Ownership Act of 2007," would prevent Martin's desire to bring up the elimination of cross-ownership restrictions in the top 20 markets at the Commission's 12/18/07 open meeting. It would require 90 days for comment and reply (Martin's schedule allows for about a month), and would also require completion of proceedings on localism and minority/female/socially-disadvantaged businesses, with another 90-day comment period, pushing any vote back to May 2008 at the earliest. Dorgan said he's upped the co-sponsor tally to 17 now. He quoted an FCC internal memo which seemed to indicate that studies would be created to support deregulation, rather than being agenda-neutral. He was also critical of the process, saying it was inappropriate that rather than printing the new cross-ownership rules proposal in the Federal Register and allowing ample time for public scrutiny and comment, the change was publicized in the New York Times and an FCC press release, and put on a short-term 30 day comment period.

Martin moves to the
Capitol Hill front burner

Winter is slowly starting to take hold in Washington DC, but for FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, it's the heat, not the cold, that is intensifying. Citing "procedural breakdowns," congressional warhorse John Dingell (D-MI), pictured, is using one of his Energy & Commerce subcommittees to focus on Martin's stewardship of the FCC. This would be on top of hearings today in another of Dingell's subcommittee and still another in the Senate next week. Today's session is pegged for the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, bailiwick of Ed Markey (D-MA) and the normal House terminal for FCC affairs. Dingell is instead referring to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). Stupak said, "I have received several complaints from the public and professionals within the communications industry about how Chairman Martin is conducting business at the FCC. It is one thing to be an aggressive leader, but many of the allegations indicate possible abuse of power and an attempt to intentionally keep fellow Commissioners in the dark. I look forward to investigating these concerns to be sure that the FCC Chairman is not disenfranchising his fellow Commissioners and the American public he is supposed to serve."

Dingell said, "Procedural breakdowns at the agency tasked with overseeing communications laws for our entire nation jeopardize the public interest it is bound to serve. Our nation is founded on fair, open, and transparent government, and the Federal Communications Commission is certainly no exception. When that openness and transparency is compromised, so too is public confidence in the agency."

RBR observation: Martin has done a superb job of walking the tightrope in Washington. When his term as Chairman began, he presided over a 2-2 partisan split while waiting for the gears of government to grind out a third Republican to replace his predecessor, Michael Powell. Until that event, Martin busily cleared the agenda of mostly non-controversial issues, and since the arrival of Robert McDowell (R) has only gradually worked his way up to the more controversial issues. His political skills have been compared favorably to those of Powell (of whom many would say he lacked any), and Martin was even able to fend off a surprise attack from Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at his reconfirmation hearing in the Senate. Soft-spoken and accommodating when on the Hill, he has largely avoided any major confrontations. Until now. Today should offer a preview of what Stupak and Dingell have in store.

Coen watched advertisers pull back in 2007
Universal McCann Sr. VP and Director of Forecasting Bob Coen was a lot more optimistic a year ago when he forecast US advertising spending for 2007. While the US economy was not as strong as had been expected 12 months ago, that wasn't the only reason the ad spending fell well short of expectations. "In recent years national advertisers have maintained very tight reins on their advertising budgets. The desire for growing corporate profits has intensified and marketers have fiercely opposed above-average media price increases. Many marketers insist on an immediate return on ad investments before approving additional advertising spending," Coen said in looking back at this year. "The Internet and growing digital alternatives siphoned off funds from many traditional advertising practices, while some key industries, like Automotive and Pharmaceuticals, experienced special conditions which negatively impacted their advertising budgeting," Coen added.

Our chart shows the progression of Coen's forecast over the past 12 months, moving him from a bullish 4.8% overall growth expectation in December 2006 to 3.1% in his June update and finally to the dismal 0.7% growth he announced this week. As noted in yesterday's RBR, Coen is looking for much the same in 2008, overall growth of 3.7%, but most of that coming from the even-year boost for TV from elections and the Olympics, along with continued double-digit Internet ad spending growth.

Bob Coen's advertising forecast for 2007

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Source: Universal McCann

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Ad Business Report TM

Big Q3 for network radio has a lot to do with TV
With all of the great news this week with the RAB breaking the news about network radio having a great Q3 (12/4/07 RBR #235), we've been hearing much of the reason is problems with primetime Television ratings and inventory. Right now, network television and cable are not only completely sold out, but they've also had shortfalls and have been unable to provide makegoods to the advertisers that have had shortfalls. They just don't have enough inventory. So network radio has been the beneficiary of that-much more than network radio taking national spot dollars from radio, which has never really been the case. Also, the WGA strike is looking more and more like a beneficiary to network radio. Advertisers are more and more concerned with paying full rate for inventory that's going to be reruns, with lower numbers. So Q4 and Q1 for network radio might be pleasant quarters as well.

GroupM: 2008 US ad spend forecast at 188.6 billion
Ad spending in U.S. measured media is expected to show almost a 4% gain in 2008 compared to the previous year, when spending was up about 3%, according to a new study from GroupM. The forecast is unchanged from the company's previous projections earlier this year. The study, "This Year, Next Year," is part of GroupM's media and marketing forecasting series drawn from data supplied by WPP. The report said U.S. ad spend is expected to show a 3.7% increase to 168.6 billion in 2008. At the same time, spending in 2007 is expected to come in at 2.8% higher than in the previous year. Worldwide spending, meanwhile, is expected to go up 7% to 479 billion in 2008 following an anticipated 6% increase in 2007.

GroupM Futures Director Adam Smith identified television and the internet as the primary engines of global ad growth with 50% and 30%, respectively, of additional new investment in 2008. He also said spending on marketing services such as sponsorships and public relations is growing at a faster rate than traditional advertising. Smith also reported that five percent of global ad investment is expected to shift from developed to emerging economies in 2008, the largest such shift ever recorded. The main geographic contributors to growth next year are predicted to be China, with 21% of all new money, and Russia and Brazil with each contributing 6%. India will account for 3% and the U.S. remains the second-highest contributor at 20%.

The report also predicted the following: Next year's spending expectations largely reflect the Olympics and the U.S. election. It's anticipated that the Games will bring 1 billion in ad spend to national TV and 200-300 million to local broadcast. The election is even more important to local broadcast and is expected to inject nearly 2 billion in 2008 before facing a tough adjustment in 2009. Internet ad spending is expected to exceed 10% of global ad investment in 2008 for the first time ever, and search will comprise 65-70% measured online advertising in 2008, up from 50% in 2005. The Writers Guild of America strike is not expected to impact U.S. ad spend. It's anticipated that spending will follow the viewing audience and shift from network to cable and possibly spill over into other media if demand causes inflation in cable. However, a prolonged strike could delay pilots and thus impact the 2008 upfront marketplace. An upfront delay would add to uncertainty and nervousness, but might force broadcasters into innovation with new formats.

Executive Comment
Saga's Steve Goldstein responds to Randy Kabrich
In yesterday's RBR consultant Randy Kabrich lashed out at Saga Communications Executive VP Steve Goldstein and other industry leaders, blaming them for pushing Arbitron to introduce PPM too quickly (12/4/07 RBR #235). Here is a response from Goldstein:

It is unfortunate that some people in our industry believe that personal attacks, incorrect statements and irrational beliefs can serve as a substitute for intelligent discussion and positive dialogue that looks to protect and improve our industry. I guess certain reputations are well deserved after all. So let's get past the bomb throwing and move to the more difficult task of crafting solutions. We all know that Arbitron has some deep and difficult issues ahead. None however, is more critical than delivering on the promised sample and augmenting it if necessary. It is obvious to everyone that Arbitron needs to inspire confidence among their clients and the ad community. But anyone who thinks the transition from the 40-year-old diary to a brand new technology will happen without bumps and glitches is not grounded in reality...

| Read Steven's full comment |

Steven J Goldstein
Executive Vice President
Saga Communications

Media Business Report TM
GOP strife ignites campaign coverage
Republican candidates for president spared neither tooth nor claw during their 11/28/07 CNN/YouTube debate, and the resulting verbal bloodshed assured that the 2008 campaign would take the top spot on the Project for Excellence in Journalism coverage chart for the week of 11/25/07-11/30/07. The campaign mounted a clean media sweep, earing the top slot for all five media categories. The Mideast conference in Annapolis MD was an easy second-place winner, with 8% of the overall newshole (to the campaign's 19%), ahead of eight stories ranging from 2%-5%. Sports stories only occasionally crack the top 10, but then the death of NFL Washington Redskin Sean Taylor wasn't really a sports story. It received significant coverage everywhere but on the radio dial, and in the Washington market, where we operate, it may well have been the #1 story, period.
| Top ten lists here |

Cinema ad council announces new board
The Cinema Advertising Council announced their new Board of Directors and Executive Committee, with former CAC Executive Director Stu Ballatt (senior vice president of marketing and research at Screenvision) elected the new president and chairman, positions held most recently by Cliff Marks (president of sales and marketing for National CineMedia). New Board member Dave Kupiec (executive vice president of sales and marketing at National CineMedia) was elected executive director, and will be joined on the Executive Committee by Treasurer Bob Brouillette (SVP business development, National CineMedia), and Secretary Laura Adler, (president, A & G Marketing Group), who remain in their previous roles. Ballatt and Kupiec will also hold the positions of director, cinema advertising vendors representing 5,000 screens or more. Bill McGlamery (president and COO, AccessIT, ACS) will be taking over as director, cinema advertising vendors representing less than 5,000 screens, a position formerly held by Robert Martin. Stewart Harnell (president and CEO, Cinema Concepts) will remain as director representing affiliate members.

Washington Business Report TM
MSTV opposes
FM-ization of Channel 6

Mullaney Engineering and others have proposed taking advantage of the DTV transition and the repurposing of a swathe of television spectrum to relieve pressure on the FM radio dial. The idea is to take Channel 6, and perhaps Channel 5 as well, to eliminate grandfathered close-spacings, make room for noncommercial and low power stations and perhaps open up spectrum to minority, female and other socially-disadvantaged businesses. The Association of Maximum Service Television Inc. (MSTV) has filed reply comments saying the proposal is fundamentally flawed and without merit. MSTV thinks it came too late in the process - maybe after the deadline - and would put undue pressure on the television stations which are planning to reside on those frequencies going ahead into the DTV transition. MSTV says its more than the relative handful of full-power television stations on those channels that would be affected, citing "hundreds of low power television services using these channels..." MSTV says the proposal constitutes "an end-around on the required notice-and-comment rulemaking" procedure at the eleventh hour and should therefore be dismissed.

RBR observation: We understand MSTV's point, but this remains an intriguing proposal on a number of levels. More to come.

Entertainment Business Report TM
USRN launching Lou Dobbs talker
Award-winning broadcast journalist and author Lou Dobbs announced will be bringing his influential and popular point of view to a coast-to-coast radio audience with a new daily talker. The show, tentatively dubbed "The Lou Dobbs Show," will be produced, distributed to affiliates and sold to advertisers by United Stations Radio Networks. Dobbs, who is best known as the anchor of the nightly Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, has become an ideological flashpoint himself in recent years and is certain to bring his insightful journalism along with his provocative views to this new daily program. Commenting on the announcement, Dobbs remarked, "The political climate is rapidly changing. Independents are registering at an unprecedented rate and will determine the outcome of the 2008 election. I'm excited to be adding my voice to the talk show arena and have an opportunity, along with my listeners, to help enrich our national dialogue."

The Michele McPhee Show to launch on 96.9FM WTKK
Greater Media Boston has announced on air personality and former Boston Herald reporter Michele McPhee will kick off her new nighttime show from 7pm-10pm Monday - Friday, beginning on January 7th, 2008 on Boston's 96.9 FM, WTKK. Live, local, and talking evenings, Michele McPhee will provide Boston and New England with three hours of compelling talk radio from 7 to 10p.m. Michele was the first female Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

Internet Business Report TM
Disney Internet Group acquires iParenting Media
The Walt Disney Internet Group has acquired iParenting Media (iParenting.com) in a move that adds to its line-up of family-targeted Web properties within Disney Online, including Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com and Wondertime.com. With the acquisition, Disney Online gains iParenting's resources, content and community that serves families, young parents and parents-to-be in English and Spanish. iParenting's content and services will be integrated into Disney's network of family targeted sites. iParenting's portfolio features a wide array of professional and user-generated content, including thousands of articles and expert Q&A's and hundreds of active mom message boards. Additionally, the network includes the highly-regarded iParenting Media Awards (www.iParentingMediaAwards.com), the only certified product review and awards program in the industry. The iParenting Media Awards recognize the best products in the children's media and juvenile product industries. Disney will continue the awards program as an impartial resource for parents and consumers. Disney Online plans to integrate all members of the Evanston-based iParenting team.

1.85M WDYT-AM Kings Mountain NC. 74.7% of CRN Communications LLC from John E. Littlefield et al to DPE Holdings, Daniel J. Fontana, mgr. 850K escrow, 1M letter of credit. [File date 11/15/07.]

Stock Talk
How low can they go?
Even lower oil prices couldn't get Wall Street traders out of their negative funk over the continuing subprime crisis and its effect on the overall economy. The Dow Industrials retreated another 66 points, or 0.5%, to 13,249.

Radio stocks slid further. The Radio Index dropped to yet another nine year low, falling 0.299, or 0.3%, to 98.104. There were, however, two very notable upside exceptions - rebounds by two stocks that had been beaten up of late. Emmis gained 13% and Cumulus 9.6%. The worst performer was Salem, down 9.1%.

Radio Stocks

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Jerry Crowley to Vice President and General Manager of Buckley Radio's WOR-AM New York "WOR Radio 710 HD" effective January 1, 2008. Crowley has been with WOR for 13 years, most recently as Vice President and Director of Sales for WOR and the WOR Radio Network. The company also announced the promotion of Jennifer Buckley to Director of Sales and Gregory Bilotta to Local Sales Manager.

Boardroom addition
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation announced that Thomas V. Reifenheiser has been elected to its Board of Directors. He has served as Managing Director and Group Executive for the Global Media and Telecom Group of Chase Securities Inc. He joined Chase in 1963 and was the Global Media and Telecom Group Executive since 1977. Reifenheiser is a director of Lamar Advertising Company, Mediacom Communications Corporation and Cablevision Systems Corporation.

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Only one advertiser actually "dropped" Michael Savage
With all of the news lately from CAIR, The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition (HHA) that advertisers have been "dropping" Michael Savage's program like flies, we've heard and confirmed by sources that isn't actually the case. Of all the advertisers reported to have dumped the show in some way, shape or form--Universal Orlando Resorts, AutoZone, Citrix Systems, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart and AT&T-only one actually ever ran in the show and dropped it, Citrix. The rest were already on non-controversial programming lists, which also include Imus, Rush, Howard Stern and Mark Levin. So they've never been in these shows either.

RBR observation: We wonder if newly-signed Lou Dobbs (see related story) with United Stations might suffer similar attacks because of his negative views on immigration.

Goldman Sachs puts "sell" on XM
"We could be wrong," wrote Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Wienkes, should the Department of Justice Antitrust Division soon approves a merger of XM Satellite Radio with rival Sirius, but he thinks most of the merger upside is already figured into the stock. He sees a bigger downside if the merger is nixed, so he has put a "sell" call on XM's stock. Wienkes thinks the stock could move up around three bucks if DOJ gives merger approval, but if there is no deal he thinks the stock could plunge eight bucks. Besides the DOJ, the deal also needs FCC approval and Wienkes thinks Wall Street has not factored in possible conditions that the Commission might impose on the merger, even if it is approved. And he worries about the outcome of the music royalty battle playing out with the Copyright Royalty Board. "With the majority of the upside baked in, we recommend investors sell XMSR, as even with the DOJ approval, the FCC response and CRB ruling are more likely to hurt than help," Wienkes told clients. The analyst already had a "sell" in Sirius Satellite Radio.

CRB establishes new royalty rates for satellite radio performance fees
On 12/3, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) issued its determination and order setting the royalty rate payable by XM and Sirius under the statutory license covering the performance of sound recordings over satellite systems for the six-year period starting January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2012. Under the terms of the CRB Satellite Radio Services, XM and Sirius will pay a performance license rate of 6.0% of those gross revenues subject to the fees for 2007 and 2008, 6.5% for 2009, 7.0% for 2010, 7.5% for 2011 and 8.0% for 2012.

The revenue that's subject to royalty fees includes subscription revenue from subscribers and ad revenues from channels other than those that use only incidental performances of music. XM and Sirius have 15 days from the 12/3 decision to move for rehearing. Once the CRB has considered any rehearing motions, the Librarian of Congress will publish the final determination in the Federal Register. Parties will have 30 days from that publication to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC.

RBR observation: Just think, AM and FM broadcasters, you too could be paying 8% of your revenues to the record labels, if they get their way, in addition to what you already pay to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

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Coen sees more of the same in 2008
Aside from TV, which stands to gain from political spending and the Olympics in 2008, Universal McCann Sr. VP and Director of Forecasting Bob Coen doesn't see much to get excited about in the coming year. Coen said his original forecasts for 2007 missed the mark because big marketers became more focused on global corporate profits and tightened the reins on ad spending. That trend, he said, will continue in 2008, so he is not expecting to see much growth in ad spending, For 2008, Coen predicts that total US ad spending will be up 3.7% to 294.4 billion bucks, with local barely better than flat and national up 5.5%. In line with his prediction that most types of media will see little change in 2008 over 2007, Coen predicts that national radio ad sales (network and national spot combined) will be up only 1% next year. But that's better than his forecast for local radio, which he forecasts will be flat with 2007.

RBR observation: Here's hoping that Coen doesn't have to revise his estimates sharply downward as he did in 2007 - especially since they aren't all that strong to begin with. Just a little more sputtering of the economy could have radio joining newspapers in having a down year. TV gets a breather in 2008, but absent the elections and Olympics, those forecast numbers wouldn't be impressive either. For a complete Analysis review this report in RBR along with RAB estimates.
12/04/07 RBR #235

The PPM debate grows more heated
Randy Kabrich, Consultant in an Open letter to Dave Paulus, President/GM, Saga Communications, Norfolk, VA - Hey Dave... If your genius of a boss, Steve Goldstein, had paid attention to the people that now look like psychics concerning the pitfalls of what was going on with PPM...if your boss had worked to find out all the details and correct the problems, instead of pushing PPM, with a half dozen others geniuses who will bear this rollout on their legacy, we would not have the embarrassment in the trades you see today.

RBR observation: Ouch, and double ouch. See this special Comment page in RBR.
12/04/07 RBR #235

Uh oh: Another downsized forecast
BMO Capital Markets analyst Leland Westerfield has knocked the overall ad spending projection for 2007 from growth of 3.4% to 2.6%, and he's taking 2008 growth down from 4.3% to 3.6%. Radio: BMO sees not so much a downward spiral as a downward angled plane, with a -1.8% loss this year, another -1.8% loss next year and a -1.7% loss in 2009. Spot TV: Is expected to continue its election year pendulum swings while veering downward, finishing 2007 at -2.7%, riding the major national elections to a +9.2% gain in 2008, then giving much of that back in 2009 with a -6.3% drop. Broadcast networks are expected to follow a muted version of that same pattern, with a scant +0.1% gain in 2007, a +6.2% gain in 2008 and a -1.4% loss in 2009. The big gainer? If you said Internet, Don Rickles might award you a cookie. Its numbers are predicted at +24.2%, +19.6% and +30%. The big loser? If you said newspaper, help yourself to another cookie. Its red record is set at -5.3%, -4.5% and -6.2%.

RBR observation: If this was a Dickens novel we might have some recourse from these ominous forebodings from the Ghost of Things Yet to Come by repairing our wicked ways. The problem is there seems to be an entire platoon of these ghosts running around, intoning pretty much the same thing. All we can say is make sure you're tight with your local community, be kind to your local politicians, and try to get your fork into that burgeoning slice of pie on the Internet plate. 12/03/07 RBR #234

Analysis of Nassau-Suffolk numbers: PPM vs. Diary
Here's a quick take on the Long Island numbers-PPM vs. Diary, based on extrapolations. We have to actually compare the same time periods for PPM vs. Diary. The numbers are interesting, and for many changes, both the PPM and Diary numbers support each other-especially in rankings. The CBS-FM gain we saw in the PPM showed up in the diary monthly as well-especially in the younger demos.
11/30/07 RBR #233

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