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Talks Broke Down…Sirius Stopped Airing Alan Colmes…FNC Pulled TV Feed

The Hollywood Reporter explains what happened in the Fox News/Sirius dispute:

“The quarrel began Tuesday night when the Alan Colmes radio show didn’t stream on Sirius during its normal 10 p.m.-1 a.m. time slot in favor of Stephanie Miller’s show. Miller, like Colmes, is a liberal talker with a radio show that’s nationally syndicated over terrestrial radio and also carried on Sirius.

Sirius, though, is under contract to carry Colmes’ radio show…Insiders said that Sirius first blamed an administrative error for the foul-up, though the next night Miller again was featured in Colmes’ spot on Sirius. That‘s when Fox executives decided it would stop feeding Sirius the Fox News Channel.

“They sort of, unceremoniously and in apparent violation of the contract, took Alan Colmes off,” said Fox News Radio senior vp Kevin Magee. “We figured, if they weren’t going to honor the contract, neither were we.”

Variety says the dispute centers around “the carriage of Fox’s new radio network, Fox News Talk.” Fox had been in talks with Sirius to carry the network,” but those talks broke down…

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