XM will launch its presidential election channel next Monday.
Previously announced, the channel will be called P.O.T.U.S. and XM calls it the first radio station devoted to a presidential election.
Candidates will be offered free time each day on the channel, XM said. Shows are produced by XM and content partners including C-Span, Slate, Zogby International, liberal and conservative organizations and several TV networks.
Journalist Rebecca Roberts left NPR to serve as managing editor and on-air host. She will anchor the program “1600.” Other shows include “Morning Briefing” with XM senior director of news programming Scott Walterman, “P.O.T.U.S. Press Pool” with XM senior director of talk programming Tim Farley and “P.O.T.U.S. ‘08 Live” hosted by the channel’s program director Joe Mathieu, who comes to XM from Marketwatch Radio.
XM is offering it as a “free-to-air” channel, which means people who have XM radios but do not subscribe to the service, can still receive it.