Ticketmaster merger threatens consumer interest – Public interest and consumer groups ask DOJ to block merger

Washington, DC. December 1, 2009. Five of the nation’s most prominent public interest groups today called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the proposed merger by entertainment giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation. DOJ is currently reviewing the merger and is expected to make a decision in the next month. The organizations include Consumer Action, the National Consumers League (NCL), the American Antitrust Institute, the Consumer Federation of America and Knowledge Ecology International.

“This merger is an insult to both musicians and consumers,” said James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International. “It will lead to higher prices and less interesting music and art. The last thing we need is fewer corporate entities controlling more of our culture.”

Press Release here