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Sat Rad Deal Heads Towards Finish Line

Deal is said to be imminent.

The satellite radio merger between Sirius and XM is nearing completion, as the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission is working out an agreement with the companies, they said. New today is a letter from NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media calling the merger a monopoly.

NPR interim CEO Dennis Haarsager, American Public Media President/CEO Bill Kling and Public Radio International President/CEO Alisa Miller called on the FCC to set aside some of the satcaster spectrum for public interest use. All future satellite radio tuners, should be capable of receiving terrestrial digital radio signals, they said in the letter to the commission.

As we reported, Commissioner Deborah Tate has the final vote on the deal, which could be finalized today.