Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) plans to end its simulcast of the David Lawrence Show, a nightly three-hour radio talk show about pop culture and technology. Lawrence told listeners to his podcast he and Sirius were unable to agree on a renewal of their agreement. He indicated one of the issues was the number of commercial slots Sirius wanted to control in the show. "The David Lawrence Show" is also carried on XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and terrestrial radio stations. It will leave the Sirius lineup February 13th.
Lawrence's program has been on Sirius several years. Failing to negotiate a renewal could be part of what the New York Post said was an effort by the company to "fine tune" its agreements after "spending lavishly to lure talent."
In the past several weeks, Sirius (SIRI) has announced plans to add an urban comedy and entertainment channel featuring Jamie Foxx, a weekly hour-long interview show with Barbara Walters, and a simulcast of CNN (TWX).
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