Comments on: Liberty: Stern is safe — for now http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Tim G http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356148 Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:51:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356148 I too would probably dump SiriusXM without Stern. That said, I do love the music channels and also tuning into Foxnews during breaking news. It would be harder without Stern.

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By: Beetlejuice http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356093 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 17:30:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356093 I’m with that last guy! I only listen to 100-101…and I even got the best of XM just so they have more revenue! Stern is as bad as can! I’m gone if he’s gone!

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By: Fafa Fluey http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356082 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:17:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356082 Howard Stern is the ONLY reason that I am a subscriber to SiriusXM. If he leaves, I leave.

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By: Underdog Lady http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356076 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 18:21:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356076 just to do some quick math on the Stern investment. not pure finance math but just basic math to start out and get ballpark figure: Stern is paid $100 Million a year (actually not Stern. that figure is the budget to run the show, including paying everyone else on the show and having the Sybian cleaned every couple weeks, but I digress..), average subscription is ~$13 per month. there are 12 months in a year. in order for Stern to pay for himself he would have had to brought on about 641k listeners. let’s round to 700k just for fun. Prior to Stern’s announcement of going over to Sirius they had 662k subscribers. A year later they had 3 Million. beginning of 2008 they had over 8million. Now obviously you can’t attribute all of this to Stern, but I know it is fairly obvious that Stern either directly brought in at least a couple million of those, as well as brought such a large awareness of Sirius to the general public that people signed on for other content that they were made aware of. So while that contract number may look big I do believe that Sirius as a company would have gone belly up had the ‘Stern Effect’ not been in place

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By: Dan Carver http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356065 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:37:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356065 “But does this mean the big money deals that Karmazin signed with the likes of Howard Stern…”

Some fact checking is in order here. Mel Karmazin did not sign Howard Stern. Howard Stern signed with Sirius before Karmazin was hired as CEO.

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By: Phil http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356047 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 19:48:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356047 I think give the trouble Sirius is in its going to be necessary
to do the following:
Cut salary of FoxNews people such as Brian and the Judge,John Gibson and Bill O’Reilly to change their compensation to
a more realistic level. That would be $50 per show without
benefits, for the benefit of the survival of the company,
like GM auto workers taking pay cuts.
Also Lynn Samuels be dropped from Sirius Left entirely for
lying on her employment application…and presenting a show
that is worse than water torcher.

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By: Adam Shrug http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356043 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:51:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356043 Ba-ba-booey, ba-ba-booey.

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By: Alex http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/02/17/liberty-stern-is-safe-for-now/#comment-356037 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:51:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=14719#comment-356037 Fine news!

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