If you bought into XM Radio for
uninterrupted music and talk radio wherever you go, you may be a bit
disappointed by this news. Four of its stations provided by Clear
Channel will now have commercials thanks to a settlement agreement
reached by the two companies:
In addition, commercial
advertisements will resume on music programming currently provided to
us by Clear Channel. Certain of these changes implement a
settlement agreement and are in accordance with the preliminary
decision of the arbitration panel for a dispute we had with Clear
Channel relating to our respective rights and obligations under
agreements entered into in connection with Clear Channel’s 1998
investment in us.
With XM Radio offering over 160
channels, I don't think that four stations with commercials will
bother too many people – but you never know.