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FCC probe of Sirius XM (SIRI) requested

By Staff

ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2013, 11 a.m. - Atlanta-based media company Redding Communications, Inc. is requesting an FCC investigation of the dilution of minority voices on Sirius XM (SIRI).

RCI CEO Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. said that he has worked with his legal team to send a letter to the FCC about changes on Sirius XM 128. The channel recently cut black political programming time for Al Sharpton and others. The satcaster also changed the name of the channel from "The Power" to the "Urban View" on Feb. 8. His show, which is owned by RCI, was among those cut.

Redding says that two Freedom of Information Act requests were also filed with the FCC relating to monitoring of the 2008 merger between Sirius and XM and complaints against the channel.

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The FOIAs and request for an investigation come as listeners yesterday launched a boycott of Sirius XM starting Wednesday and say a protest at headquarters is expected.


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