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CONGRESS HOLDS HEARINGS ON TICKETMASTER
Published September 30, 1994
Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Material began hearings on "a bill mandating that the public be fully informed of any charges tacked onto an event ticket" through advertising disclaimers. But, according to Richard Leiby in this morning's WASHINGTON POST, "the Ticket Fee Disclosure Act, introduced by powerful Michigan Democrat John Dingell, seems more like a scripted piece of political bluster than an actual blow against the allegedly monopolistic practices of the Ticketmaster empire." Ticketmaster apparently supports the legislation, and says "it already divulges its service fees" in telephone scripts and on tickets. Ned Goldstein, Ticketmaster VP: "We feel the consumer has the right to the information." Bill Wood of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group: "Disclosing to someone that you are extorting them does not solve the problem of extortion." According to Goldstein, Ticketmaster "only makes a time on each ticket it handles" (Richard Leiby, WASHINGTON POST, 9/30).