July 26, 2008
Andi Sporkin, NPR


NPR Statement on FCC Approval of Sirius/XM Merger

July 26, 2008; Washington, D.C. - The following statement is from Dennis Haarsager, Interim Chief Executive Officer, NPR, regarding the FCC decision to approve the merger between satellite radio companies Sirius and XM:

"The FCC's approval of the merger of Sirius and XM undermines public radio and, in turn, the public's access to our services. While NPR, other public radio producers and public radio stations have had long and mutually-beneficial relationships with both companies, this new monopoly - wielding unprecedented control over spectrum and without the mitigating conditions we sought - will limit the public service mission of public radio and dilute the significant investment our community, our audience and Congress have made in HD radio technology. The public interest is not being served in this decision."