You know, putting Let The Eagle Soar in heavy rotation just might make these little problems go away

Clear Channel is having a little Justice Department problem.

The Justice Department is investigating Clear Channel, the nation’s largest radio owner, amid complaints about consolidation and the use of coercive tactics by the company, officials said Friday.

R. Hewitt Pate, assistant attorney general for antitrust, told a House subcommittee that there is an investigation into Clear Channel. Officials would not disclose any details about the nature of the probe.

Pate said in a hearing Thursday that the Justice Department had interviewed people that Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., had referred to the agency after they complained of coercive tactics.

San Antonio-based Clear Channel, which owns 1,200 radio stations, played down the investigation, saying in a statement that the department “has evaluated, on a routine basis, nearly every acquisition that Clear Channel has made and approved each one.

“When you run a big company, engaging in complex transactions, inquiries of this sort become fairly routine. We are cooperating fully with all DOJ requests and we are confident the DOJ will find, as it has in the past, that our company is managed with the highest degree of integrity.”

Berman wrote the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission in 2002 complaining that consolidation in the entertainment and media industries was hurting recording artists, copyright holders, advertisers and consumers.

Hopefully they’ll look into Clear Channel’s flagrant playing of the music of Creed.

Because Creed sucks.

A lot.

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TBogg

Yeah. Like I would tell you....