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Fox News Talk Channel to Launch on XM

Oct 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

XM Satellite Radio, which recently passed the 5 million subscriber mark, announced Tuesday it has made a deal to launch a new channel, which will be known as the Fox News Talk Channel, nationally in January 2006.

The new 24-hour channel will present the existing radio shows starring Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, Tony Snow, Alan Colmes and others, including John Gibson, whose radio show is expected to roll out by year-end. The new channel also will time-shift key Fox News Channel programs, including the prime-time cable lineup.

“We’ll have to do some nipping and tucking to get five minutes of news in at the top of the hour,” said Fox News Radio Senior VP Kevin Magee, who said the time will come largely from bumpers and other such elements in the TV shows.

He said a live show also will be created for the 2-5 p.m. (ET) block on the new channel.

XM already offers real-time audio of the Fox News Channel lineup among its 150-plus channels, which include channels dedicated to CNN, CNN Headline News, ABC news and talk, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, and C-SPAN and public radio.

The new deal with XM, which was announced in time to maximize the holiday buying season, is non-exclusive and represents the first satellite exposure for Mr. O’Reilly’s radio show.

Sirius Satellite Radio also carries the Fox News Channel audio channel under a deal that expires at the end of the year unless it is renewed. No deal is in place for Sirius to pick up Fox News Talk.