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Clear Channel Describes ‘Genuine Threat’ of Satellite Concentration

The merger of XM and Sirius is not in the public interest and violates the rules for S-DARS licensing established by the FCC, the broadcaster said this week, according to a filing on the meetings.

Clear Channel representatives told FCC Commissioners Copps, Adelstein and McDowell as well as members of their staffs that the broadcaster opposes the proposed satellite radio merger.

The merger of XM and Sirius is not in the public interest and violates the rules for S-DARS licensing established by the FCC, the broadcaster said this week, according to a filing on the meetings.

Clear Channel said that an “enormous amount of spectrum that would be concentrated in the control of one essentially unregulated entity were the transaction to proceed as proposed, creating a genuine threat to the economic framework of terrestrial broadcast radio.”

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