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|CM Liu: "Emmis Communications $1 Million Offer is Too Little, Too Late"
Released 02 February 2005  By News Release: NYC Council Member CM Liu
City Hall, NY - Here are excerpts from Council Member John Liu's
response to questions concerning today's announcement by Hot 97 parent
company, Emmis Communications, that it would donate $1 million to
Tsunami relief and terminate the employment of Todd Lynn and producer
"This announcement by Emmis Communications, like all of its previous
actions with regard to its atrocious programming, is too little too
late. $1 million is laughable. This Corporation's initial apology
included an offer to have employees donate a week's pay. Fine, but
then likewise, the Corporation should donate a week's revenues. For
Emmis, that would be $10 (ten) million, not $1 million."
"Emmis Communications has engaged in gross corporate misconduct,
aiding and abetting hate broadcasts, giving incentive to their
employees to create atrocious programming, in violation of their own
Code of Ethics. Emmis sought to profit from hate, and for that, they
must pay. They must pay dearly for the hurt they have inflicted in
New York and across the world."
"It's good to hear Emmis Radio's president Rick Cummings say, 'the
entire Emmis family is ashamed by this.' But these words are hollow
and meaningless without real consequences. Emmis Communications must
accept full responsibility for 'The Tsunami Song,' and they must give
up a week's revenue by donating $10 million to tsunami relief,
preferably to the UNICEF orphans fund."
CM Liu will organize a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2
at 1:30 PM on the Steps of City Hall to further discuss this issue.
February 1, 2005
Contact: John Choe (646) 296-1455
Office of Council Member Liu
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