Cumulus Media Inc. refused to comment Tuesday on reports that it may be cutting Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s shows from its radio network.
Online news site Politico, citing unnamed sources, reported Sunday that the broadcaster planned to drop the conservative talk show hosts from its stations at the end of the year.
The report said Cumulus has decided it will not renew contracts with either host and that it would remove the conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets.
Cumulus CEO and Chairman Lew Dickey was quick to address the issue Tuesday during a conference call with investors to discuss the company’s quarterly performance.
“Let me answer a question before it’s asked,” Dickey said. “While we don’t comment on individual talent negotiations, I will say that the framework we employ is straightforward and very consistent. We carefully analyze listener interest; advertiser demand, as well as opportunity cost for making our decisions. We’ll have more to say about this when the time is appropriate.” READ FULL STORY