Friday, October 27, 2006

Siriusly broadcasting under seige open your eyes

The information below is from the body of a email sent to the FTC yesterday..and is based on my own research.

please feel free to comment, it has also been emailed to many other related people in broadcasting along with many retail investors over the last two months.

Howard stern told the truth when he said a few big companys were behind whats taking place.

Thank you for your past response.However my perception has become even more clear. I request that (blackstone linked http://www.blackstone.com/) be looked at quickly,along with other hedge funds for the relationships they collectively maintain.Along with the control they collectively exercise over the broadcasting sector and media publishing services. as and investor, i feel the system has failed to protect individuals and companies from the massive manipulation that's clearly taking place on a daily basis.I have emailed the information below to some personal friends with in the radio broadcasting area.

how could this happen ?? how does it continue ? what about the damage done to the companies and investors alike ............something's wrong here...........

The radio broadcasting owners, need a wake up call before they lose all to the larger wolfs running among them.The real art of radio must be found and returned to its place on the digital audio distribution platforms.

I think many currently fail to see the truth of what's taking place around them.and have been completely mis-lead for other reasons, Specifically by wall street.

This explains why,I see little hope currently, what I see is massive growing abuse collectively, by some from the street with greater media and broadcasting as a legal partner in some cases..

Im all for sharing honest factual information with investors, while uncovering some off the elements that normally work against the small investors (sheep) with little or no time available for the required due diligence..please note that I think shorting should be allowed but not under the current laws that are prone to massive abuse harming many individual investors, along with some good companies.

I have followed the broadcasting sector from early 2004 prior to investing in the satellite radio sector, I continue to monitor the daily comments from certain analyst and some of the related trade publications within the broadcasting sector, that routinely carry the analyst comments or news items from other prominent industry leaders.They could well be, "unknowingly in some cases" supporting directly. The manipulative efforts of others by blindly reporting their error filled negative comments.based on the direct control the funds and partner's have do to direct ownership.

This industry sector " Greater Broadcasting " (Specifically Radio all forms) is under massive, manipulative siege,The perceived evidence is every where.I also honestly perceive HD Radio as another tool, devised to facilitate a forced shake-out of many of the weaker audio broadcasting companies.By first saturating the major radio markets,that the alliance partners control and operate in.

In some cases, the very trade publications are directly owned by investor groups that also own other broadcasting and content companies within the same sectors they cover....But that information is never disclosed on their news site's or in the body of the news articles they publish or carry from third parties.

Here's another good example
http://www.radioandrecords.com/radiomonitor/news/business/top_news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003287740

Clear Channel Rises On Report of LBO In Offing Oct. 24, 2006 By Jeffrey Yorke
I suspect this deal is true and is another step toward forced consolidation by wallstreet hedge funds. that operate outside of the current investment rules ......and will also allow them to purchase all broadcasters/news services as long as its held in the fund defeating the fcc ownership requirements.

these guys are using every tool, they have to depress broadcasting across the board if they manage to get clear channel ,others will become easy targets....This is a very organized collective effort, and must be addressed under the available Rico Statutes.

Good companies being forced to sell at depressed levels.The retail investors hurt on a massive scale, nothing is safe not even the 401k.

A CNBC report on Tuesday (Oct. 24) said the Mays family of San Antonio, which controls the largest voting block of Clear Channel Communications stock, is "warming" to the idea of a leveraged buyout. The family has reportedly had talks with private equity firms about a possible leveraged buyout of the company, which owns and operates 1,200 radio stations. The company has a smaller position in the television arena. The report pushed shares of CCU up more than 1%, or 42 cents, to $32.20. Clear Channel, like all radio stocks, has lagged behind most publicly traded companies, which have experienced sharp gains recently as Wall Street rallies on to record highs. Clear Channel shares jumped to a high of $32.68 in midafternoon trading as more than 6.2 million shares changed hands. CCU shares are up 2.4% for the year but are a long way from the $54 high the stock was trading at five years ago.The Mays family also controls Clear Channel Outdoor, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CCO, and has sold a portion of that company in recent months. Both companies are scheduled to release third-quarter 2006 financial results before the stock market opens on Nov. 6. The companies will also host a teleconference to discuss results at 9 a.m. ET.

Look no further then to blackstone and partners, purchase of Vnu media and Billboard, then the merger with Radio and Records along with a few others recently and yes the sister site Media Week. while reporting the mostly negative news across the board..Here's what the board looks like effective of july 28th 2006.

New Supervisory Board Members Appointed
VNU also announced that, during the meeting, which was held at VNU’s Haarlem headquarters, the following new members were appointed to the company’s Supervisory Board:

Mr. J.A. Quella (representative of The Blackstone Group L.P.);
Mr. J.A. Attwood, Jr. (representative of The Carlyle Group);
Mr. D. F. Akerson (representative of The Carlyle Group);
Lord C. Hollick (representative of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.);
Mr. R.J. Bressler (representative of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.),

The new Supervisory Board members replace Messrs. R. Reid of The Blackstone Group, E.P.S. Merrill of The Carlyle Group, M.J. Connelly of The Carlyle Group, S. Brown of KKR and G.R. Taylor of Thomas H. Lee, all of whom were appointed to the Supervisory Board during the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on June 13, 2006, and resigned their positions at the conclusion of today’s meeting. The other current members of the 12-person Supervisory Board will retain their positions. Each board member has a term that expires at the conclusion of the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in 2010.

Here's a short list of the publications they control directly.

http://www.vnubusinessmedia.com/index.html
We are a preeminent authority in the business-to-business arena, providing our customers with must-have information through comprehensive, customized and integrated marketing solutions. We deliver this valuable information through 42 market-leading trade magazines, 13 directories, 70+ events and conferences, 65 trade shows and 172 eMedia products.
With operations around the globe, VNU Business Media covers some of the most powerful industries in the world: entertainment, media, marketing, retail, travel, professional performance, real estate and design, food service and beverage, and healthcare. VNU Business Media is the only business communications company able to reach top executives in all of these industries.
VNU Business Publications USA publishes 45 business-to-business titles in the entertainment, media, marketing, retail, travel, performance, real estate and design, and food service and beverage industries. Its portfolio includes market leaders such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, National Jeweler, Progressive Grocer, and Successful Meetings.
The VNU Business Media US Masterfile offers 2.8 million postal addresses, 2.1 million phones and 1.2 million email addresses.
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The diversity of the VNU Business Media Masterfile offers direct marketers unparalleled access to top corporate, middle, training and sales and marketing executives. Now you can influence executives within the retail, media, marketing, advertising, entertainment, travel, design, real estate, training, manufacturing, wholesale, and service industries.
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Segment this database to target your market by company size, job function, industry, SIC, # of web sites, gender, ethnicity, and geography.
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Postal or email, VNU Business Media offers the most selectable database of business executives on the market today.
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The VNU Business Media postal files are managed by John LoGiudice of Edith Roman Associates and the VNU Business Media Email files are managed by Wayne Nagrowski of ePostDirect.
For more information on the postal files, please contact John LoGiudice at 800-223-2194 ext.752 or john.logiudice@edithroman.com
For more information on the email files, please contact Wayne Nagrowski at 800-223-2194 ext.854 or wayne.nagrowski@epostdirect.com

Adweek

Adweek's Best Spots

Adweek’s Marketing y Medios

American Artist

Bulletin d'Information

Back Stage

Back Stage West

Billboard

Brandweek

Business Travel News

Commercial Property News

Contract

Convenience Store News

Couture International Jeweler

Display & Design Ideas

Drawing

Editor & Publisher

EMB (Embroidery/Monogram Business Magazine)

Eurotec

Europa Star Europe

Europa Star China

Europa Star Espana

Europa Star International

Europa Star USA & Canada

Film Journal International

Hospitality Design

Impressions

Incentive

Info Express

Kirkus Reviews

Kitchen + Bath Business

Mediaweek

Meeting News

Multi-Housing News

National Jeweler

PDN (Photo District News)

Potentials

Presentations

Progressive Grocer

Radio and Records

Ross Reports Television & Film

Sales & Marketing Management

Successful Meetings

The Bookseller

The Gourmet Retailer

The Hollywood Reporter

Training

Watercolor

Watson Guptill Publications

The following information should send shivers down the spines of many broadcasting company owner's, the alarm bell is now been sounded.

Here's just one deal from blackstone please note, they own all forms of media and broadcasting along with news services on a global basis.

http://www.blackstone.com/news/press_releases%5C05-18-04.pdf#search=%22blackstone%20broadcasting%20holdings%22

Please note these same groups also exercise direct control of lobbying groups in the form of the (NAB) national assoction of broadcasters, the following link is to the full board.In some specific cases the companys are both directly tied to the nab and hedge funds,With one common collective goal the complete control of the broadcasting sector,by the shear force of the market manipulators.
http://www.nab.org/AM/ASPCode/BoardLists/RadioBoardMembers.asp

Let me try to clarify again with this recent purchase of radio stations.

Cumulus Media, Inc. the second largest radio operator in the United States based on station count will purchase Susquehanna Radio for approximately $1.2 billion
Cumulus Media Partners, LLC, is being formed as a private partnership to include Cumulus Media, Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Cumulus Media Partners will acquire the radio broadcasting business of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co. Cumulus Media, Inc., will provide management services to the partnership.

Some recent history for Cumulus
http://today.reuters.com/stocks/KeyDevelopments.aspx?symbol=CMLS.O

With the press of a single button, from any vantage point within the World, Hosted on their distribution platform,They (blackstone/partners) can inject Selected news information or articles into the broader media and publishing news services. Yes clearly they can move markets in the direction of their collective choice......

This article presented in the form of a question, from www.audiographics.com One very honest, long term industry insider. Whom questioned the real effect of the vnu media purchase in july.
Personally I suspect many other's also expected a wave of much more positive press.

Here's a direct quote form the article.

"Consolidation has left the public with hearing only the information that the group owners want disseminated."

Is it becoming clear yet, "who the owners really are" along with the real goal of gaining control of content and platforms, prior to becoming all digital. When the real money (Profits) will start to flow again.

The good news is, it now looks as if ,enough information has reached the government to force some action.This should ring the warning bell loudly again for the owners, please look at your "industry now" and the direct effects of the media, wall street analyst and their broadcast partners are having based on these "very troublesome relationships".

You need to become vocal,involved openly. we the investors can't stop this alone you must help by being part of the broad based effort.

Any share holder or company owners, in this sector would be well advised to visit the following site. ( www.thesanitycheck.com )The issues are all directly related and work collectively against the companies financial well being, along with all investors. It will clearly describe the methods, which some are collectively using with the media partners. To depress stock prices artificially lower.


I urge you to read the article from mediaweek,Then placed on radio and records site HERE as the headline today. then digest the information a bit while you begin to question, why would they state the weekly listener base as only 230 million .while the NAB just last week claimed its really 260 million.......why lead with more trouble to come, why indicate satellite and internet could save radio, when their actually talking about audio broadcasting in a much wider sense.

Yes the comments could well even be true, That's not my issue...My Issue is Simple, Why, Who Gains From It. What greater good does it serve, None, That i see on the surface of things.Is this even legal.?

I wonder why a investor group that's building a global platform for digital broadcasting, would publish such news via the trades they just purchased, could this be part of something much larger.? are they trying to drive prices further into discount territory.prior to purchasing.

Im left with a very nagging question.how could this get past the regulatory agencies, im very concerned and honestly think that the worst is yet to come to this sector. when wall street controls the industry trades/news service for certain sectors of investments our investment rules or laws must be wrong.

Im urging all broadcasting owners to stop and think ,for a short while, please lock your office door and be honest with yourself. ask what's really going on here...I honestly think the rape,pillage and plunder of a once mighty industry is accelerating and some very powerful groups are controlling the process that's currently at hand...

I have recently withdrew my money from the satellite radio sector at a profit.I plan to remain on the sidelines of the wider broadcasting sector,do to my perception of the current situation.Until something is done to address my concerns.

Lets not lose site of the jacoby issue combine all of your information, questions and complaints into a single document support your question's and or complaints with links such as supplied above.

I will admit to being part of a group of investors that have been supplying information to the sec along with a few other agencies within the government over the last year and a half surrounding the specific issue below.the case numbers are from another source, that i refuse to name.

I hope you can find a way to use and disclose the information contained here.or directed it to another person within your area of expertise that may be willing to shed some light on the contained information, something's are still worth standing up for ...

Please don't be confused by my comments specifically about satellite radio, the issue is much broader and where trying to force open the doors to the world of justice and truth for the industry as a whole.

I urge all contact them directly on the issue of (Bank of AmericaSecurities llc/Jacoby) by telephone or email, and request (ask),that they pursue this issue to the very ends of the current laws.....the referenced subject matter highlighted above is very important to include.

I would also like to thank Forbes openly and directly for their honest efforts, we should commend them for limiting the comments of Mr. Jacoby and his firm. Then ask them to look into the current and historical events surrounding this subject matter. The Senior Editor is a Mr. Dan Bigman. I would suggest they use, Liz Moyer, based entirely on her last article Naked Justice

The original SEC contact at the Los Angeles CA Offices is a Mr. Carl Merkle (Merklec.sec.gov). He can forward additional information to his superiors and the New York Offices.

Contact Info:
Carl Merkle
323-965-3314
MerkleC@SEC.gov

NASD Point of contact/case number
Mr Jacob Ades, the Direct line 212-858-4257
The case # for N.A.S.D. is (removed)
This link takes you directly to the NASD NASD Complaint center

New York Attorney General Complaint form below www.oag.state.ny.us/complaints/
New York State Office of the Attorney General
Eliot Spitzer Bureau of Investor Protection and Securities
120 Broadway New York, New York 10271 (212) 416-8200 (phone) (212) 416-8816 (fax)
Case Number (removed) (Bank of AmericaSecurities llc/Jacoby)

Contacting the Senate Banking committees here , let them know of your support.
for both of these item's, after you review the supplied information

Now is the time to contact Mr Merkle at the Sec.They have people reviewing the submitted information currently. please demand action on the directly related issue of naked shorting ...... add your name to this petition online at the link below
http://www.petitiononline.com/mrktrfrm/petition.html

9 Comments:

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm assuming you guys know about NCANS and Bob O'brien if you're interested in Naked Shorting.

http://www.thesanitycheck.com

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Tim said...

the petition is at the very end of this article sure hope you added your name to it..

 
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