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July 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. completed its purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. in an all-stock takeover valued at $2.76 billion. Sirius shares dropped 30 cents, or 16%, to $1.58 on investor concern over new stock and debt offerings.
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March 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding my winter coat. The Skinny: Friday's roundup includes the box-office preview and John Malone's latest financial maneuverings. Also, a look at DreamWorks, which hopes "Need for Speed" can be a hit. I'm out of town this weekend, so behave yourself and beware the Ides of March. Daily Dose: The regular season starts for the Dodgers a week from Saturday, with games against the Diamondbacks in Australia. While much of the country will be able to catch the action from down under, the majority of Angelenos will likely be shut out. Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the new Dodger channel, SportsNet LA, for the team, still has no deals with distributors other than itself.
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MAGAZINE
July 6, 2008
In "Stargazing in High-Def" (June 1), Dan Neil strained belief in regard to his experience at Cerro Tololo in Chile: "And yet, this sky was all but black. I could make out a few familiar faces--Sirius, Polaris, Mars, Jupiter and Alpha I Crucis, the teasing kite-tail star of the Southern Cross--but beyond these brightest objects, little penetrated the night." I can believe Alpha I Crucis and Sirius were visible, but Polaris is much too far north to be seen from Cerro Tololo. Having spent nearly three years in western Argentina at almost the same latitude as Cerro Tololo, I know that the North Star is not visible that far south of the equator.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Joe Flint
One coach tells his players, "rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed. " Another coach smacks a player in the head while telling him, "don't give me that soft crap. " The next season of HBO's "Hard Knocks?" An ESPN documentary on the famed defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears? Nope. This is the Esquire Network's new show "Friday Night Tykes," a documentary about the Texas Youth Football Assn., whose players are under the age of 10. VIDEO: Winter TV preview 2014 The coaches say things that might make even Mike Ditka cringe.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Irish singer Jordan O'Keefe's performance on Britain's Got Talent reverberated with a global audience online, attracting more than 1 million online views since the televised semifinal competition Saturday. With the help of Attraction, a Hungarian theater group, O'Keefe's rendition of Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand" evoked tears from the judges (even Simon Cowell welled up, according to published accounts). The Hungarian group's earlier stage appearance, during the first week of competition, produced a similarly emotional reaction from the studio audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Joe Flint
One coach tells his players, "rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed. " Another coach smacks a player in the head while telling him, "don't give me that soft crap. " The next season of HBO's "Hard Knocks?" An ESPN documentary on the famed defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears? Nope. This is the Esquire Network's new show "Friday Night Tykes," a documentary about the Texas Youth Football Assn., whose players are under the age of 10. VIDEO: Winter TV preview 2014 The coaches say things that might make even Mike Ditka cringe.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
Women arrived at Lincoln Center on Monday night decked in flowing gowns, flashing jewels and patrician smiles. Men made sure their tuxedos didn't obscure their oversized gold or platinum watches. A crowd came out to admiringly gawk at an aristocratic parade of VIPs entering the theater. It was, recession or no recession, a typical Metropolitan Opera opening night. But this is also now the people's Met, and that crowd could then take a seat in the Lincoln Center Plaza and watch a new production of Puccini's "Tosca" starring Karita Mattila on a large screen placed in front of the opera house between the two huge Chagall paintings the company recently has used for collateral.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2004
* Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. agreed to pay former Viacom Inc. President Mel Karmazin $1.25 million a year in salary to be the company's new chief executive. The five-year contract also calls for Karmazin to receive options for 30 million shares in Sirius. Karmazin also told Fox News Channel that he bought 1.5 million Sirius shares.
NEWS
September 21, 2006 | From Reuters
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Wednesday it will launch a channel programmed primarily by New York's Metropolitan Opera, which will feature live and archived broadcasts. Terms were not disclosed, but Sirius said it was a multiyear deal. The channel debuts on Monday and will replace Sirius' "Classical Voices" channel. The Met said it would provide the channel an average of four live broadcasts per week during its 2006-07 season. It is also making available hundreds of old broadcasts.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2005 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said it agreed to an exclusive marketing and promotional alliance with Interscope Records and its chairman, Jimmy Iovine. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The New York subscription-based satellite radio broadcaster said Iovine would be a creative advisor in the development of Sirius programming. Interscope, a division of Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, will offer marketing and promotional opportunities with its artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding a new mantra. The Skinny: Thanks to the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout, I'm now totally behind in "Under the Dome. " Did they get out yet? Do they have cable in the dome? I'm in the dark here! Tuesday's headlines include a new home for radio personality Eddie Sotelo and some new approaches to fighting piracy. Also, new cast members aren't the only thing new in "Kick-Ass 2. " Daily Dose: Every day Al Jazeera America announces new hires for its channel that launches next Tuesday.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Meg James
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to bounce to SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a Spanish-language entertainment channel on the subscription service called Piolín Radio, which will be anchored by a live four-hour morning program that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles. "I am honored SiriusXM believes in me," Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc. is launching a rebranded political talk channel for left-leaning audiences next week called "SiriusXM Progress. " The channel, formerly known as "SiriusXM Left," will debut Monday and feature an afternoon call-in show hosted by Michelangelo Signorile, an editor at large for Huffington Post Gay Voices.  Media Matters senior fellow  Ari Rabin-Havt will host a new morning show, and longtime civil rights activist Mark Thompson will continue his early evening show "Make It Plain.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Irish singer Jordan O'Keefe's performance on Britain's Got Talent reverberated with a global audience online, attracting more than 1 million online views since the televised semifinal competition Saturday. With the help of Attraction, a Hungarian theater group, O'Keefe's rendition of Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand" evoked tears from the judges (even Simon Cowell welled up, according to published accounts). The Hungarian group's earlier stage appearance, during the first week of competition, produced a similarly emotional reaction from the studio audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Want to hear an Antarctica-based folk music station in your car? How about a radio broadcaster that plays only Grateful Dead covers? TuneIn is trying to make that a possibility for more people. The Palo Alto company, founded in 2002, is taking on competitors such as Pandora Media Inc. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. in the automotive market by offering products that stream music, news, sports and talk radio stations in vehicles. The company's website and mobile apps aggregate and stream content from stations around the world and generate revenue from digital display ads and commercials that play before the stream begins.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Longtime “Breakfast With the Beatles” host Chris Carter will expand the musical scope of his weekly Sirius XM satellite radio presence with a new show, “Chris Carter's British Invasion,” drawing from a half century of British rock and pop beginning Sunday, April 7. The three-hour show will continue airing on Little Steven's Underground Garage Channel 21, created and produced by...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before packing in case the Mayans are right. The Skinny: It's cold here! What's up with that? Wednesday's headlines include Time Warner Cable dropping the little arts channel Ovation and a review of "Zero Dark Thirty. " Also, satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM names a new interim chief executive. Daily Dose: If you can't find a big TV to watch the Super Bowl, fear not. The NFL will again make the big game available. Also being streamed will be the wild card playoff games and the Pro Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Sirius XM Radio has tapped James Meyer as its interim chief executive officer while the search for a permanent replacement for Mel Karmazin continues. Meyer, currently president of sales and operations, has been with the satellite radio broadcaster since 2004. He will also take Karmazin's spot on the Sirius XM board of directors. Karmazin, who announced his plans to resign earlier this fall, had said he would stay with Sirius XM until February. However, with the appointment of Meyer, Karmazin's resignation as CEO and board member takes effect immediately.
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