Beasley brings in Sedbrook to head digital

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

Beasley Broadcast Group announced yesterday it has hired Stacey Sedbrook as Vice President of Digital, to manage its social and online initiatives, develop and implement new media strategy, and coordinate digital and interactive efforts for all Beasley radio stations.

Sedbrook comes to Beasley from print media, with experience at The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and the Denver Newspaper Agency.

Beasley owns and operates 43 stations in eleven U.S. markets.

SoundExchange opens audits on Cumulus, Saga streaming music use

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:50am

SoundExchange, the recording industry body that administers royalties for digital uses of copyright sound recording (like webcasting and satellite radio) has reportedly begun auditing broadcast groups Cumulus Media and Saga Communications.

Broadcasters aren't mandated to pay royalties for their "on-air" use of sound recordings, but do become SoundExchange customers when they stream.

Inside Radio reports SoundExchange is "policing station logs to ensure broadcasters are paying what they should in streaming royalties," and that Beasley and Greater Media have already been under SoundExchange's microscope. SoundExchange will need to pay for the audits unless they find a licensee underpaying by 10% or more.

Industry groups that administer composition and publishing rights, ASCAP, BMI, and Sesac, conduct similar audits.

Inside Radio says SoundExchange is using an outside firm to conduct the audits. Read more here.

Beasley latest radio group to swap on-air royalty for streaming discount with Big Machine

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 1:20pm

Beasley Broadcasting is reportedly the latest radio group to ink a deal with Big Machine Label Group to soften streaming royalties in exchange for a small on-air royalty for the group's sound recordings.

Like other broadcasters such as Clear Channel and Entercom, Beasley will pay Big Machine a percentage of revenue from on-air ads to play artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Reba. In exchange, Big Machine will "allow digital simulcasts of the over-the-air signals by Beasley Broadcast to scale affordably to support the growth of Beasley's digital platform." (In other words, reduced streaming royalties.)

Industry attorney David Oxenford recently suggested deals like this may have an effect favorable to webcasters in upcoming royalty rate determinations: "The pro-record company outcome of the CRB proceedings may well be changed if these deals can be shown to be representative of the real value of the public performance of the sound recording." (Read more in RAIN here)

Read more on Beasley and Big Machine from here.

Beasley, Midwest, and Federated put their streams on TuneIn

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 1:00pm

Three broadcast groups -- Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.; Midwest Communications, Inc.; and Federated Media -- have announced they will make their stations' online streams available on the TuneIn platform. Listeners will now be able to connect to the 105 stations collectively owned by these broadcasters by on TuneIn's website, mobile apps, and on devices for which TuneIn provides tuning services.

Beasley owns stations in markets like Miami, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, while Midwest and Federated stations are mostly mid- and small-market.

Palo Alto-based TuneIn is a free service that aggregates Internet radio content from all over the world, with more than 60,000 broadcast and Internet-only stations and more than two million on-demand programs. "The alliance pits TuneIn directly against Clear Channel competitor iHeartRadio, which prefers that its pacts with broadcasters be exclusive," Tom Taylor writes in Radio-Info (here). In addition to the 850 Clear Channel stations, iHeartRadio offers streaming from stations owned by Cumulus, Greater Media, Tribune, and more.

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