UK RADIO DJ BUSTED & BOOTED FOR PAYOLA: FORCED ARTISTS TO PAY IF THEY WANTED SONG ON RADIO

Started by Detroit24, Feb 3, 2021, in Music Add to Reading List

  1. Detroit24
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    A UK radio DJ by the name of DJ TiinY has lost his job at Capital Xtra as a result of payola, but what does that mean exactly? Payola is described as “the act of undercover or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular recording),” which has long been a problem throughout broadcasting history.

    The London DJ, whose real name is Frank Boakye-Yiadom, was removed from his 7pm-9pm Friday slot after it emerged he was charging £200 ($273) to play a song and keep it in his playlist. TiinY’s dismissal took place following a tweet from UK producer J Beatz on Thursday (January 28) exposing his actions.

    “So I did a mail out of my new track coming out and look at what this DJ is telling me!” a shocked J Beatz wrote on Twitter. “Pay to play you know smh! This DJ is on a big station and is asking for money to play songs what kinda Selecta is this?!?!?”

    In the email, DJ TiinY said, “If you wish for the track to be premiered on my Friday night radio show, there would be a charge of £200 for one track. This would also include keeping the track within my radio playlist for 2 weeks.”

    J Beatz added, “You are a fraud mate you are on big capital Xtra trying to charge people £200 to play a song you should be ashamed of yourself what kind of DJ are you! Has stormzy not being able to tour affected your pockets that much that you have stooped to these low levels? @DJTiiNY.”

    DJ TiinY, who’s also UK rapper Stormzy’s official tour DJ, admitted to the accusations on Monday (February 1) and apologized for what he’d done.

    “Over the last couple of days I have very quickly learnt a much needed lesson,” he wrote in a tweet. “I was given an incredible opportunity within radio and carelessly and irresponsibly took advantage of my position.


    “I take full responsibility for my actions and fully accept the consequences as a result. I am very sorry to everyone this has affected and to those I have let down.”



    Capital Xtra could face punishment from broadcasting regulator Ofcom, due to Section 10.5 of its code stating, “No commercial arrangement that involves payment, or the provision of some other valuable consideration, to the broadcaster may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast.”

    Financial penalties and removal of the station’s broadcasting license are among the possible actions Ofcom could take.

     
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  2. Detroit24
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    Feb 3, 2021
    I’m sure this has happened much more back in the day before the internet. Getting your song on the radio was huge. Not sure how common it is now
     
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