'Hannah Montana Scandal': CBS Whines about Ticket Cost
The â€śHannah Montana Scandalâ€ť â€“ sounds like something you might see in a supermarket tabloid, right? No, itâ€™s just that CBS â€śEarly Showâ€ť co-host Hannah Storm isnâ€™t able to get cheap tickets for her daughters to a Hannah Montana concert.
Despite having a successful career spanning nearly 20 years as a TV journalist, Storm gave her best shot at making an emotional plea for Hannah Montana concert tickets because the $200 price tag the free market dictates for the tickets is just too high.
â€śTheyâ€™re dying to go to the concert,â€ť Storm said of her children (including one named Hannah) who appeared with her on the November 21 broadcast. â€śTheyâ€™ve been asking since the summer. Iâ€™ve been trying for months on the Internet, pulling every string I know, making phone calls, all to no avail. I can not get Hannah Montana tickets and it is so frustrating. I logged onto online ticket reseller Stubhub.com. So, checking ticket prices, hereâ€™s the latest â€“ for the show I want to go to, they start at $200 and go all the way up to $20,000 for one ticket. Can you believe that?â€ť
Nothing tugs at holiday heartstrings like having to see a cheapskate mommy forced to deprive her daughters of Hannah Montana concert tickets because of the price.
â€śWe canâ€™t go,â€ť Storm said to her daughters. â€śWe can't â€“ look at that - $20,000. That's crazy.â€ť Thatâ€™s also a wild exaggeration.
StubHub.com currently lists tickets for Hannah Montanaâ€™s concert for as little as $204 for a Jan. 5, 2008
One solution Storm suggested: The passage of a bill proposed by
So much for objectivity in journalism.
â€śSo, average consumers cannot get tickets at face value,â€ť Storm said to Gelber, who appeared on â€śThe Early Showâ€ť with his two daughters who are also being deprived from seeing a Hannah Montana concert. â€śTheyâ€™re reselling them at huge prices. But weâ€™re not talking about shady guys on street corners scalping tickets. How do you stop this from happening on the Internet? What is your bill proposing?â€ť
According to Gelber, his bill would deem automated dialing as a deceptive and unfair trade practice and require the ticket brokers to file a bond and register with his state.
â€śThis brings the Internet folks into the state physically and also requires some penalties if they do these kinds of I think pretty predatory practices,â€ť Gelber said.
Storm also interviewed Gelber's two daughters -- again including one named Hannah. She and her sister complained about the high price. "Yeah, I'm really, really sad. I wish I could go except, I mean, the ticket brokers made it unbelievably expensive," said Hannah Gelber.
No one from a ticket broker appeared in the story. Maybe Storm couldnâ€™t find one named Hannah.