Summary Box: Univision to settle payola charges

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THE CHARGES: The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission accused Univision Radio stations and their employees of accepting secret cash payments to give more frequent airplay to artists with Univision Music.

JUSTICE SETTLEMENT: Univision Services Inc., which ran Univision Music at the time, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and agreed to pay a fine of $500,000.

FCC SETTLEMENT: Univision Radio agreed to pay a $500,000 fine. The FCC consent decree also limits the value of concert tickets and other items that Univision’s radio stations and employees can accept from recording labels.

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