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Musea E-mail Club #516. While I'm typing this a conversation is going on on Facebook between me and NPR. Here's a recap. I encourage readers to join in with your comments.

NPR MUSIC
article name: Elton John And Leon Russell Reunite On "The Union"

Tom Hendricks said
Do others notice that on the NPR page there are revolving sponsor ads, and one that pops up with this is an ad for Elton John and Leon Russell and "The Union". I've begun counting these and I've found that about 90% of the time advertised music gets promotion. What do others think?

NPR said
We responded to Tom Hendricks earlier this year, if you are interested in reading more:


Tom Hendricks said
NPR responded to the NPR OMBUDSMAN not me. And since that was posted I have documented 50 screen grabs of the problem continuing. Nothing has changed. The problem is not resolved, It's gotten worse. With only a handful of exceptions every advertised musical recording gets an article or coverage or airplay or all three. NPR if you have a policy of rewarding sponsors with articles, let's bring it out in the open. If not, then you have to answer 50 screen grabs that document ads on the same pages as current articles of the same artist, that have happened since this article you quoted. Thanks.

I've sent these 50 screen grabs to the NPR Ombudsman who has clear evidence of this ongoing problem. A screen grab is a captured photo of a computer page that in this case shows the article on the musician and the ad for that same musician on the same page. I've asked the NPR Ombudsman to comment on this conversation. Reader if you would like one of these screen grabs e-mail me.


Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

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