COMPETITION
Radio, Record Labels

TSR Records has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Sony BMG, accusing the company of bribing radio programmers in order to unfairly dominate radio playlists. This new case comes just three months after Sony BMG agreed to pay $10M in settlement after the Eliot Spitzer-led investigation into payola in the US radio sector. TSR alleges it was “systematically excluded” from a number of playlists and this affected its business prospects. Sony disciplined a number of executives and Clear Channel sacked two programming executives and disciplined a number of others following internal payola investigations.

See: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/19/business/media/19payola.html andhttp://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-payplay19oct19,1,7448152.story?coll=la-headlines-business

And see Law Updates September 2005 SONY BMG settle payola claim