Who'd have thought this kind of thing would have been going on in the recording and broadcasting industries all this time?
ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross targeted the radio and record industry on last night's Primetime on ABC-TV in a story about 'Payola: The Dirty Little Secret Of The Music Business.'
Ross interviewed recording artists who indicated that payola was common practice and necessary to gain radio air play. Ross referred to the practice, which started in the 1950s as a "multi-million dollar secret" which continues today.
There's a detailed article on the ABC website here and if you'd like to watch the webcast check here.
Might be illuminating.