Many major radio stations are retreating from Internet streaming. Stations owned by Clear Channel Communications, Emmis Communications, Radio One, ABC/Disney and others began removing the live listening option from their Web sites Saturday and Sunday.
Several stations that took this action posted messages like the one on KFI-AM's site: "Due to recent issues regarding additional fees for the playing of radio commercials over the Internet, we have been forced to temporarily disable our streaming of KFI-AM 640. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we are working to find a solution to this problem as quickly as possible so that we can resume our webcast."
The catalyst for this development seems to have been a bulletin that was issued March 5 by the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) of the Association National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies.