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Sirius satellite radio on air by Christmas
Sirius Canada, one of two subscription-based digital satellite radio operations recently licensed by the federal broadcast regulator, will be up and running before Christmas, with 100 channels of music, news, sports, talk and entertainment available for $14.99 a month.
Receivers will be on sale at major appliance, hardware and electronics stores within a month. Two initial receivers will retail for $79 and $99 respectively.
Ten of the Sirius channels will be Canadian, programmed in Canada and compiled by personnel already employed by majority shareholders Standard Radio, CBC and its French-language counterpart, Radio Canada, Sirius Canada president Mark Redmond said yesterday.
The Canadian broadcasters each own 40 per cent of the Canadian franchise and New York-based Sirius Radio, which is responsible for programming 90 of the 100 channels, retains a 20 per cent interest in the Canadian business.
\"One of the conditions of the Canadian satellite radio licences is a 9-to-1 ratio between U.S. and Canadian channels, Redmond said.
Sirius Canada (http://www.sirius-canada.ca
) will carry four English-language and five French-language channels, in addition to one multilingual channel.
All 10 are commercial-free, but only two are dedicated to English-language music.
The Canadian channels are:
CBC Radio One.
CBC Radio 3, the former Internet service specializing in independent English-language music and culture.
Iceberg Radio, Standard Broadcasting's Internet English-language pop music service rejigged for satellite radio and programmed by leading Canadian music programmer/consultant Liz Janik.
Hardcore Sports Radio, Canadian sports news and talk provided by Score Media.
Première Plus, Radio-Canada's French-language magazine service comprising news, current affairs and the arts.
Infoplus, French-language news 24 hours a day, combining programs from Radio-Canada with those from other public broadcasters around the world, including Radio France Internationale.
Bandeapart, a Radio-Canada channel dedicated to emerging Francophone pop, rock, electronica, hip-hop, punk and world music.
Rock Velours, a French-language Canadian soft-rock channel.
Energie2, a French-language channel featuring pop, modern rock and urban music.
RCI Plus, Radio Canada International programming for Canadians in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian and Mandarin.
Sirius Canada will carry 60 music channels in all, covering the entire musical spectrum. The remaining 40 channels will be devoted to sports, public broadcasting and commercial network news, comedy, talk, and lifestyle programming.
Sirius Canada's rival, Canadian Satellite Radio, could not confirm its launch date or programming details yesterday.
One question remains as to the delivery of so-called shock jock radio programming.
The controversial Howard Stern, who has reportedly signed a $500 million (U.S.) five-year contract, is scheduled to jump to Sirius in the New Year, but Redmond said that initially at least he's not part of their programming.
WITH FILES FROM CANADIAN PRESS