FCC Not Happy About TV Product Payola
from the and-so-it-goes dept
Last month the Wall Street Journal "broke" the widely known story that the various TV personalities you see on shows talking about products are often paid to do so by the companies who make those products. While it happens with all sorts of products, technology products are clearly a big part of the practice. One month later, the FCC has woken up to this story and realized that (oh, look at that) such practices probably violate "payola" laws. The networks are claiming they had no knowledge that the presenters were being paid, but apparently the FCC doesn't care -- noting that they put the people on their show, and it should have been their job to ask. Of course, it's a bit ironic that the FCC is now taking action on this type of payola, while the whole reason for the laws, music payola, seems to still be going strong.