Wednesday, August 29, 2007

if Sirius and XM merge - FM radio wants to merge too

Broadcasters Beasley, Citadel, Entercom, Greater Media, Lincoln Financial Media
and Saga Communications have filed a joint filing asking that the FCC consider relaxing ownership restrictions when deciding on the Sirius-XM merger. The companies write, "one essential protection would be the elimination of local radio ownership rules, which would allow AM and FM broadcasters to offer more diverse services to compete with SDARS on the local level." joint filing goes on to suggest a fully interoperable receiver - one that supports terrestrial radio as well as satellite radio - be designed as part of the conditions.


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