XM Canada responds to approval of XM Satellite Radio/Sirius Satellite Radio merger



    U.S. Department of Justice approval has no immediate implications for
    Canadian subscribers

    TORONTO, March 24 /CNW/ - XM Canada (TSX: XSR) today announced that the
recent U.S. Department of Justice approval of the merger between U.S.
companies XM Satellite Radio Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., will have
no immediate impact on XM Canada's service offering to subscribers.
    "We have a strong business model in Canada and are committed to an
aggressive growth strategy aimed at increasing our subscriber base and
delivering outstanding programming right across the country," said Michael
Moskowitz, President and CEO of XM Canada. "We are excited about XM Canada's
prospects as 60 per cent of all new vehicles made by Canada's automotive
manufacturers are equipped with XM satellite radios, we now have exclusive NHL
satellite radio broadcast rights and we now have 400,000 subscribers. We will
diligently review any opportunity that arises from this decision and evaluate
the impact on our economic positioning and the benefit derived for our
customers and shareholders."
    XM Canada will provide further comment when there are new developments
from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission or the U.S. Department of
Justice. XM Canada has an exclusive Canadian license from U.S.-based XM
Satellite Radio Inc., the worldwide leader in satellite radio.

    Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

    Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM
Canada(TM). XM is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information
company with the best signal coverage across the country.
    With 130 channels, XM Canada offers listeners the most unique Canadian
and international programming including exclusive satellite radio coverage of
EVERY NHL(TM) GAME, as well as PGA TOUR(TM) and Major League Baseball(TM), the
deepest play list, and news, talk, sports, entertainment and children's
content. Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, General Motors, GMC, Harley
Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota,
Saab, Saturn, Suzuki and Subaru will offer XM radios in more than 150
different vehicles for model year 2008.
    XM Satellite Radio Inc. is the number one satellite radio company in
North America with more than 8 million subscribers. In Canada, XM is offered
on TELUS Mobile Radio(TM) and Rogers Communications wireless, cable and
Internet platforms and is also the exclusive music channel provider on Air
Canada's flights and is available in select Avis Budget Group rental vehicles.
    A free three-day trial of XM Radio Online is available at
http://listen.xmradio.ca. Visit www.xmradio.ca for programming and
subscription information. To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Inc.
(TSX: XSR), visit our website at www.cdnsatrad.com.

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For further information:

For further information: For investor information: (416) 408-6899,
investor.relations@xmradio.ca; For media information: Wilcox Group, (416)
203-6666, XMradio@wilcoxgroup.com


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