XM and Sirius this week garnered the support of the Catholic archbishop of New York for their proposed merger.
Executives from both companies called Edward Cardinal Egan “a highly regarded and influential spiritual leader.”
In an opinion piece published last week in the New York Post, Egan said, “The Catholic Channel and Sirius Satellite Radio present a unique opportunity for the Church to speak with people — Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I would urge all those who are considering the merger between Sirius and XM to see to it that this dialogue of faith can continue.”
Sirius and XM offer several faith-based channels. In addition to The Catholic Channel, Sirius offers the EWTN Global Catholic Network, featuring live call-in talk shows, daily devotions and teaching series. XM also offers a variety of faith-based programming, including The Message, America’s home for Christian pop.
Both satcasters said they hope to continue to build on their relationship with faith-based content providers following the merger.