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Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity radio deal still in limbo

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

Rush Limbaugh preemptively rejects former advertiser

In the week since Rush Limbaugh set off a firestorm of controversy after calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for advocating government-funded contraception for women before Congress (Limbaugh also joked that the American people be able to watch them engage in their sexual activities online), several advertisers have left his popular conservative radio show.

According to the Los Angeles Times, in addition to condemnation from some politicians (including Republicans like John McCain), Limbaugh has already lost 11 advertisers. Among one of the companies to pull their sponsorship is California mattress company Sleep Train who, as the Times noted, “had been with Limbaugh show for 25 years.” The retailer said at the time of their decision, “As a diverse company, Sleep Train does not condone such negative comments directed toward any person. We have currently pulled our ads with Rush Limbaugh.” READ FULL STORY

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