FCC Announces Leased Channel Operators On Sirius XM
April 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM (PT)
The FCC has announced that SIRIUS XM has finally implemented its leased-channel plan to allow third-party operators access to 4% of the channels on the SIRIUS and XM platforms.
The lessees include HOWARD UNIVERSITY, licensee of Urban AC WHUR/WASHINGTON and PBS affiliate WHUT-TV/WASHINGTON, which is taking two channels on each platform, one for "music and talk programming for the African-American community" and the other the same "with programs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities; BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY's BYU RADIO, licensee of noncommercial KBYU and PBS affiliate KBYU-TV/PROVO, taking one channel each for "music and talk programming for the Mormon community"; EVENTUS/NATIONAL LATINO BROADCASTING, using two channels on each platform in Spanish, one for music and the other for talk on each; WORLDBAND MEDIA, one channel on each for Spanish-language talk; and KTV RADIO, one channel on XM for Korean programming.
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, "This marks a valuable step in increasing the diversity of programming available to satellite radio listeners while promoting access for new entrants and independent satellite radio programming. I applaud SIRIUS XM for its new line up."
Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN added, "I wish to congratulate the five awardees selected as qualified entities by SIRIUS XM. I look forward to learning more about the content they plan to offer and the exciting programming sure to come. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a long undertaking, and I’m pleased that the road map the Commission and SIRIUS XM developed has achieved fruition. We worked together to create a diligent process that enables the company to select diverse programming via a thorough and transparent application and selection regime. Through this endeavor, groups that have been historically underserved will be able to enjoy a wider variety of creative and entertaining options on a national platform, and I am looking forward to the launch of these new stations as soon as possible."