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Payola evolves

interior-payolaThis report was first broadcast on BBC World Service radio, in March 2006.

“We turn our attention to New York now, where the music industry stands accused of price-fixing, bribery and widespread corruption as never before. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has just opened another front in his crusade against Payola, accusing the radio conglomerate Entercom, which operates over a hundred FM stations, of accepting cash for airplay. Record companies Sony and Time Warner have both admitted improper business practices and paid $10 million in out of court settlements. Other major labels are expected to follow suit within weeks. But as our New York correspondent Andrew Purcell reports, it may be technology, not the law, that truly drives reform.”

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