LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) CelebrityAccess has learned that Bob Allen, the longtime editor for Box Scores at Billboard, has tendered his resignation at the company.
While there has been no official announcement, sources indicate that Allen may be moving to Pollstar, where his former Billboard colleague Ray Waddell is currently overseeing editorial.
If true, that would consolidate much of the industry’s box office reportage under just two sources, CelebrityAccess and Pollstar.
Last July, Pollstar itself, was acquired by Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke’s Oak View Group, which also operates or advises multiple major performance venues, and which could represent a conflict of interest.
“A conflict of interest clearly arises when individuals with vested interests in our industry own and control two influential trade publications,” an AEG rep said in a statement to Variety after the Pollstar acquisition last year. “We don’t believe that a company that touts its partnerships with others in the business, including affiliated venues, a promoter, and a ticketing company, can control publications that impact the music industry and operate them with the perception of objectivity.”