Summary Box: Clear Channel to break into TV

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THE DEALS: Radio broadcasting giant Clear Channel is taking a minority stake in the production company of “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. Clear Channel’s main investors are also committing $300 million combined to work with Seacrest’s company to identify, acquire and develop innovative media companies.

WHAT THIS MEANS: It’s Clear Channel’s way of breaking into TV. The company can use its massive radio network to help promote the TV shows.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Clear Channel has been trying to spread its reach into forms of distribution beyond its more than 850 radio stations and network of outdoor billboards.