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After Public Outcry, Clear Channel Lifts Ban on Women’s Clinic Ads

Earlier this month, we told you that Clear Channel in Wichita, KS, had pulled ads for a local women’s clinic for violating “decency standards.” In response, women’s rights group Women, Action, & The Media (WAM) teamed up with the South Wind Women’s Center to create the #ChangeTheChannel campaign in order to insist that women’s health care is never indecent, and that everyone has the right to know where they can get medical care.  

Since the launch of the effort, many thousands of citizens in Wichita and across the country phoned, emailed and tweeted the Wichita Clear Channel office and Clear Channel’s corporate representatives, calling on the company to run the ads. Around 70,000 people signed petitions to the same effect.

In response to the national public outcry, Clear Channel officials met with representatives from the clinic on August 7, and promised to reconsider the ban on its ads. Then, yesterday, after a month-and-a-half of national pressure, Clear Channel officially reversed its decision to keep the ads off the air, and agreed to run them.

In light of Clear Channel’s decision, Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of WAM!, told PRNewser’s Elizabeth Mitchell via email: Read more

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Clear Channel Taking Heat for Banning Ads for Women’s Clinic

Women’s rights group Women, Action, & The Media (WAM), one of the organizations that blew the whistle on Facebook’s failure to crack down on misogynistic content this past May, has now set its sites on Clear Channel.

Recently, the South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, KS, which provides access to full-spectrum reproductive healthcare — including abortion care — tried to run ads for their services on several local radio stations owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel. Clear Channel, however, pulled them off the air for violating “decency standards.” But those same stations, WAM points out, run ads for the local “adult boutique,” without similar concerns about decency.

In response to Clear Channel’s decision, WAM, in partnership with the South Wind Women’s Center, launched the #changethechannel campaign in order to insist that women’s health care is never indecent, and that everyone has the right to know where they can get medical care.

Since the launch of the effort, thousands of citizens in Wichita and across the country have phoned, emailed and tweeted the Wichita Clear Channel office as well as Clear Channel’s corporate representatives, calling on the company to run the ads. Many thousands more have signed petitions to the same effect.

Amidst the uproar, the GM of Clear Channel in Wichita, Rob Burton, left his post on July 31 without public explanation. Burton had been responsible for the final call to pull the ads. A few days before his sudden departure, he had said simply, “As members of the Wichita community, KZSN has a responsibility to use our best judgment to ensure that advertising topics and content are as non-divisive as possible for our local audience.” Read more

The Empire State Building Shows Off Its New Colors

Via our sister site FishbowlNY, watch Clear Channel add a little character to the New York skyline by turning the Empire State Building into a kaleidoscopic disco ball thingy via 1200 remotely programmed LEDs for its first-ever light show.

While this event didn’t promise to reveal the winner of a major election, it did come complete with performances by Alicia Keys and various local radio personalities. As acrophobics we hope they didn’t play on the observation deck, cause that would’ve been kinda scary.

Are Zynga Partnerships the New Hot Thing?

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Lady Gaga is creating her own town — “Gagaville” — through a partnership with Zynga, the makers of Farmville, and Clear Channel, which will promote her new album “Born This Way,” released May 23. Between May 17 and 29, fans and digital farmers can visit Gagaville to get new songs and exclusive content from the album, purchase a $25 card to buy in-game items, and check out the unicorns and motorcycle-riding sheep.

“‘GagaVille’ is a sign that artists are going where the fans are, and that is on Facebook, Twitter and playing online games,” Yahoo says. And Lady Gaga isn’t the first to recognize that.

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Nielsen Ends Radio Measurement

Nielsen announced that it is discontinuing U.S. radio measurement, two years after starting the program. International areas – there are 11 – will not be affected. Nielsen clients will be able to access historical data and some parts of the company’s Radio Advisor software.

However, Ad Age adds, Clear Channel customers can gather measurement info through its partnership with Aribitron, a contract that has been renewed until 2016.