Sirius Drops Fox News Feed

By Brian 

Sirius Satellite Radio’s simulcast of Fox News Channel ceased on January 1 when the two corporations couldn’t come to a carriage agreement.

“As of January 1st, there will no longer be any FOX NEWS programming on Sirius. Please let them know how you feel about this change,” the Web sites for the radio shows of Alan Colmes and Tony Snow say. “Call SIRIUS at 1-888-539-7474 to tell them you still want” Tony/Alan.

Last month, Variety reported that Mel Karmazin walked across West 48th Street from Sirius’ headquarters to News Corp. HQ to meet with Roger Ailes in person about the situation. Ailes wanted Sirius to broadcast Fox News Talk and “a carriage fee that reflects that popularity.” This Sirius blog says suggests Sirius was expected to pay “almost 200% higher prices then XM is paying.”

Two weeks ago, Sirius stopped airing Snow and Colmes’ radio shows. They were replaced by Stephanie Miller and Laura Ingraham, respectively.

> Oct. 28: Talks break down…

> Sirius offers CNN, HLN, CNBC, and ABC…