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Apple planning iRadio service

Apple is reportedly stepping up its plans to launch a new music service, tentatively called iRadio, later this year with talks in progress with the three main music companies – Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony. The service, which would rival the likes of Spotify and Pandora, will reportedly be free and paid for by […]

April 15, 2013

Broadcasters global interference-prevention

The Radio Frequency Interference – End Users Initiative (RFI-EUI) and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) have, with support and commitment to the programme from the World Broadcasting Unions – International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) and the satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG), announced the launch of a two-prong effort to improve the quality of satellite newsgathering […]

March 12, 2013

Stern: “Sirius-XM owes me $330m”

Howard Stern broadcasts daily on Channels 100/101 on US pay-radio service Sirius-XM. While he has something of a reputation for his uncensored radio show, he now describes himself as the “King of all Media”. Certainly he continues to shock his employers by maintaining a claim that Sirius-XM owes him a not so shocking $330 million […]

February 15, 2013By Chris Forrester

Sirius-XM: On track for 50m subs?

Last week the John Malone-controlled pay-radio operator unveiled record subscriber numbers as well as its best churn figures (1.8 per cent/month) for the past 5 years. The results also coincided with CEO Mel Karmazin stepping down (he went officially on Feb 1st) and being replaced by interim CEO Jim Mayer, who has a hard act […]

February 11, 2013

Bauer Media buys Planet Rock

Kiss and Magic owner Bauer Media has bought digital radio station Planet Rock in a deal worth over £1 million (€1.23m). The loss-making digital radio station was put up for sale by its owner, millionaire entrepreneur Malcolm Bluemel, last year. Bauer, which has also held talks to buy another loss-making national music station, Absolute Radio, […]

February 6, 2013

Sirius-XM 24m subs

No wonder John Malone wanted total control of pay-radio operator Sirius-XM. Its numbers continue to impress, with Q4 and full year results. Subscribers stand at 23.9 million, subscription revenues for the year grew 13 per cent to $3.4 billion and free cashflow is up 71 percent to $709 million. For the pre-holiday period Sirius-XM activated […]

February 5, 2013by Chris Forrester

DAB kit set for lower costs

Manufacturers of DAB receivers are set to benefit from lower costs as a result of the expiry of the patents related to the DAB family of standards – generally referred to as the Philips patent pool. For manufacturers, this is important news as the patents expire in some of the largest potential target markets for […]

January 19, 2013

Sirius-XM’s 24m pay-radio subs

North American pay-radio operator Sirius-XM confirmed that it now had more than 23.9 million subscribers, and had added more than two million net new subs during the year, a record for the broadcaster. Sirius-XM also re-confirmed all of its formal 2012 guidance, and issued a new set of numbers for this year, saying it expects […]

January 10, 2013By Chris Forrester

Toyota adds Sirius-XM to entire US range

In a sign that pay-radio is now considered mainstream entertainment as far as North American vehicles are concerned, Toyota has mandated that Sirius-equipped units are now fitted to their entire 2013 range of cars, from ‘basic’ models to up-market models.   SiriusXM will also be standard on all vehicles equipped with Toyota’s popular Entune in-car […]

January 9, 2013

Karmazin out early at Sirius XM

Sirius XM Radio has appointed James E. Meyer as its interim chief executive officer as Mel Karmazin steps down from the top spot earlier than expected. Meyer has been Sirius’s president of operations and sales since 2004, and will serve as CEO while the company, which is in the midst of a takeover by Liberty […]

December 20, 2012