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“One of the primary potential dangers to free, over-the-air radio posed by this merger is siphoning popular, including 'edgy' content, with consequent loss of advertising revenue."
—-Clear Channel filing with FCC

CLEAR CHANNEL LISTS SATELLITE MERGER DEMANDS

Terrestrial Radio Won’t OK Sirius-XM Without Concessions
Clear Channel has outlined its demands to the FCC should the agency approve the merger between Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

Clear Channel insists granting the merger would permit too much spectrum control for a single entity.

"Were the Commission inclined to approve the merger, nonetheless, it should, at a minimum, impose the following conditions that would be essential to remain even remotely faithful to Commission precedents and policies regarding competition, spectrum and preservation of a viable, locally-oriented, free, over-the-air radio broadcast system," the company wrote in its filing

The merger conditions that the communications company is requesting include:

* No less than 50% of broadcast capacity be made available for lease to create "a viable competitive alternative" to the merged company.

* No less than 5% of capacity be set aside for public interest programming, modeled after the 4-7% requirement for DBS services.

* That Sirius-XM be subject to indecency regulations. “One of the primary potential dangers to free, over-the-air radio posed by this merger is siphoning popular, including 'edgy' content, with consequent loss of advertising revenue."

* Sirius-XM be prohibited from broadcasting local content.

* Sirius-XM be prohibited from receiving local advertising revenue.

* The FCC require that HD Radio capabilities be built in to all satellite radio receivers.

View the complete filing here.

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