Monday, May 21, 2007

PEOPLE AGAINST CENSORSHIP Battles Broken Promise Of Uncensored XM Radio

In the wake of XM Radio breaking it's agreement to listeners of uncensored satellite radio, People Against Censorship, headed by President Debbie Wolf has claimed to have soared it's membership to 8,000 members and 20,000 listeners of XM Radio to cancel their subscriptions.

Last week, a homeless man made an absurd, tasteless and incoherent rambling about Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush on THE OPIE AND ANTHONY SHOW, which moved, CBS, the parent company of XM Radio to suspend the shock jock pair. Immediately a groundswell of angry listeners began to build that felt that CBS and XM were involved in false advertising and breach of contract by censoring XM Radio which they claimed in advertising was not supposed to be subject to censorship.

Now CBS could find itself in yet another breach of contract lawsuit. First CBS unfairly fires Don Imus for a joke that went wrong without a proper warning according to the terms of his contract. Imus is suing for $80 million. Now CBS is breaking another contract with the estimated 5.5 million paid subscribers.

A public who supports free speech on radio, totally uncensored feels betrayed by this broken promise by the management of CBS. But it also raises a question is anything at all said on this type of subscription radio service acceptable? Can a legal line ever be crossed, such as a threat or similar illegal line despite the promise of freedeom? A new radio medium based on freedom is a good premise. But can a legal blurry line ever be crossed?


At 6:13 AM, Blogger PTS520 said...

Wow. You actually have a few facts right here. Firstly, CBS does not own XM. Second XM has about 8 million subscribers(of which I am no longer one) CBS does broadcast O&A as well, but did not suspend them. The first three hours of their show had been simulcast on CBS and XM, with the XM show uncensored(supposedly). The final two hours is on XM only and that is where the comments were made by the homeless person.

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