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Broadcaster Wants Sirius-XM Deal Unwound

Conditions 'inadequate' says Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters.

Saul Levine, owner of Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to “undo” the satellite radio merger.

Levine, owner of KKGO(FM), Los Angeles and KGIL(AM), Beverly Hills, Calif., has filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the Sirius-XM merger, saying the conditions imposed in exchange for approval of the deal are “inadequate.”

The conditions, Levine states in the document, should have said explicitly that Sirius and XM can’t use unauthorized frequencies to air indecent programming, referring to past unauthorized transmissions affecting terrestrial broadcasters from over-powered sat rad products containing wireless FM modulated transmitters.

The fact that the merger has happened should not affect consideration of the petition, according to Mt. Wilson. “The applicants were aware of the finality date, presumably aware that Petitions for Reconsideration could be filed and, nevertheless, assumed the risk.”