Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Arbitron
Current Parent Company: 
Nielsen Holdings
Penalty: 
$385,000
Year: 
2009
Date: 
January 7, 2009
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
discriminatory practices (non-employment)
Violation Description: 

The New York Attorney General announced an agreement with Arbitron, the second largest media ratings service, requiring the company to overhaul its system for determining radio ratings in New York in response to allegations that minority listeners were undercounted. Under the agreement, Arbitron was required to pay $260,000 to the state, make a contribution of $100,000 to the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and the Spanish Radio Association to support minority radio and fund an advertising campaign of at least $25,000 dedicated to promoting minority radio.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
New York Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
New York
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
business services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
media audience measurement
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Parent company note: 
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