At $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

(Source: NPR)

The “substantial doubt” that iHeartMedia’s corporate leaders expressed around the company’s likelihood of surviving another year, mentioned in its quarterly financial report last November, has been put to rest.

iHeartMedia, the country’s largest radio broadcaster with around 850 stations and a leading outdoor advertising company, is filing for bankruptcy after spending years trying to manage its $20 billion in outstanding indebtedness. (For some context, per that November statement, iHeartMedia was obligated to pay $1.8 billion in interest over that coming year.)

The company writes in a press release that it has reached “an agreement in principle with holders of more than $10 billion of its outstanding debt and its financial sponsors” that will essentially cut its debt in half, and that it has filed motions with the court to be allowed to operate normally through the restructuring. The bankruptcy follows, by two months, the bankruptcy of the country’s second-largest radio company, Cumulus, which offloaded $1 billion in debt.[…]

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1 thought on “At $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

  1. Tom Reitzel

    Maybe, I won’t have to hear C2C via skywave on nearly every MW frequency at night anymore. The FCC has played a major role in prolonging messes such as this one as well as iHeart Media. I keep harping on the FCC because it IS a major factor in the mess on both MW and FM. i Heart’s business model obviously didn’t help prevent their demise.

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