Thursday, January 3, 2008
Does The System survive the XM/Sirius merger?
XM's channel 82, The System, is probaby the single largest outlet for trance and related forms of electronica (in terms of the number of potential listeners it reaches) in North America. However, I see Internet rumors that the channel won't make the cut after the merger with Sirius. And it is my understanding (I'm not a Sirius subscriber) that Sirius has no equivalent channel, so it's not just a matter of eliminating a redundant channel. The rumor seems plausible, because The System is one of XM's few music channels that is not produced in-house; they buy it from Worldspace. The combined company will doubtless be looking to cut costs, and buying out-of-house music programming looks like a big target.