If Howard Stern really is the King of All Media, let's just hope that his castle comes on wheels. The rowdy celebrity, already in the process of migrating his popular radio show from terrestrial radio to the more liberating environs of satellite radio come January, is now also switching television networks.
Where his TV show lands remains to be seen, but the final new show on E! will air next month. Comcast
Irony may make a surprise guest appearance here. The most logical new resting place for Stern's television show would be the male-targeted Spike TV. So where's the irony? Well, Spike is owned by Viacom
No matter where he winds up on the small screen, it's unlikely to have an impact on his move to satellite radio, even though the outcome of that move remains the bigger mystery. The morning program's racy content has led to its being pulled in many radio markets, and we still don't know how many displaced fans will be running to buy Sirius satellite receivers later this year to make sure they can once again placate their Stern craving.
It won't be the 10 million-plus listeners whom he has been drawing through free, conventional radio. Some can't pay -- or won't pay -- for satellite radio. It's a shame, because like satellite television, once you taste the expanded content, there is no going back to the rabbit-ear antennas of traditional broadcast TV. Yet many will make the move alongside Stern. Many more who don't have radio access to Stern now are likely to check him out.
With a market cap of $8 billion, Sirius is going to need to prove me right if its stock wants to keep heading higher. That first quarter of 2006 is going to be telling. Will Sirius pull in more new subscribers then, and in the upcoming holiday quarter, than rival XM
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