Opinion: Performance royalty poses threat to minority-owned stations

11/15/2013 | Politic365.com

The proposed performance royalty would have a disproportionate impact on minority-owned radio stations, which serve an important community role for their listeners, according to Joycelyn James, the Cathy Hughes Fellow for the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. "For those already in business, ad spending on other platforms as well as no-Urban/no-Spanish dictates, where advertisers are instructed not to purchase time on stations with these formats, have kept minority-owned broadcasters from thriving," James writes. "It is in this context that we see how harmful the additional cost of performance royalties would be for these broadcasters, threatening the voices of underserved communities."

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