E! to Drop Stern

Jun 21, 2005  •  Post A Comment

E! is dropping “The Howard Stern Show,” the network announced Tuesday. Beginning July 11, the network will only air re-runs of the program, which has been on the channel since 1994.

Mr. Stern has been in protracted negotiations with E! over whether to renew his contract. Mr. Stern moves his radio show to Sirius Satellite Radio in January, which will allow an uncensored format.

“Howard Stern is one of the most influential and successful brands in the history of broadcasting and the value of his contributions to E! is incalculable,” said Ted Harbert, president and CEO, E! Networks. “As The Howard Stern Show evolves into a premium service, it is time for our late night programming to evolve as well.”

Spike TV is considered a front-runner for picking up the show, sources said.