COLUMBIA, Md., February 11. 2010 -- Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) announced today that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York has issued a Temporary Restraining Order effective immediately requiring Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitron's Portable People Meter™ (PPM™) radio ratings service until Tuesday, February 16, 2010. This order applies to nine SBS radio properties in five cities across the United States. Arbitron also indicated that it suspended delivery of PPM data to SBS in December 2009.
Arbitron sought the Temporary Restraining Order after learning on February 4, 2010 that SBS had ceased encoding its broadcast signals for the PPM service in any of its radio properties in cities where Arbitron has commercialized the PPM ratings service. The court will convene a hearing on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 to determine whether to continue to compel SBS to encode pursuant to its agreement with Arbitron.
"SBS has existing contracts with Arbitron for both the PPM service and to encode its broadcast signals that remain in effect," stated Timothy T. Smith, Arbitron Chief Legal Officer. "We expect SBS to honor the terms of its agreements."