TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced a 12-year agreement under which legendary broadcaster Howard Stern will continue to produce and host The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM for the next 5 years. The deal includes plans for SiriusXM to launch its first venture into video programming with Stern. The news was first reported by Stern during his show this morning.
Under the new long-term agreement, The Howard Stern Show will continue to be broadcast live exclusively on SiriusXM's Howard 100 channel, 7:00 am to 11:00 am ET, with replays throughout the day, and On Demand online and through the SiriusXM app. Additionally, Stern will continue to produce his Howard 101 channel, which includes current and classic episodes of The Howard Stern Show as well as original special programming throughout the day.
SiriusXM and Howard Stern Productions also agreed to a 12-year deal for use of Stern's extensive audio and video library drawn from performances, specials, and shows spanning his more than 30-year broadcasting career. Video plans will be announced at a future date and will include video of The Howard Stern Show as well as the Howard Stern archives and special programming.
"As a broadcaster, it does not get better than working at SiriusXM and I'm truly excited for the future with this great company," said Howard Stern. "I happen to think that its best days are ahead. So, if you are not listening to SiriusXM and The Howard Stern Show, then you are really more like a zombie, a rotting corpse monster, living half a life, deadened and blackened inside. It's as if you were still watching black and white television while shopping in actual stores on your way to the post office to fax a memo."
Howard Stern added, "I am living a dream here on satellite radio and Jim Meyer is my life partner and the baby we are about to have is our new streaming video app. The joy we are going to bring you in the very near future will make you feel like Christmas is every day. Ho, Ho, Howard…out."
"This is a unique and pioneering agreement, which includes SiriusXM licensing the Howard Stern archives in both audio and video through 2027," said Jim Meyer, SiriusXM's Chief Executive Officer in the U.S. "We look forward to working with Howard to offer the Howard Stern experience through new platforms. In 2006, when Howard launched his two uncensored satellite radio channels – Howard 100 and Howard 101 – he transformed how people listen to radio. We are thrilled that Howard is staying and expanding his relationship with SiriusXM to include video."
"Howard is better than ever," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer in the U.S. "Howard is a one-of-a-kind interviewer, who always delivers a provocative, engaging and headline-grabbing show. We look forward to providing fans even more and deeper ways to experience Howard, and his world-class talent and insights."
The new agreement was crafted over several months, and involved a deep collaboration between SiriusXM executives Meyer and Greenstein, and Stern's long-time agent and confidant, Don Buchwald.
"Jim, Scott, and I have been discussing this arrangement for some time. Obviously, the terms and conditions of a deal of this nature required a lot of give and take, as well as creative thinking on everyone's part, and I am grateful to them both for the hard work they invested to make this deal a reality," said Don Buchwald, founder of Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. "Howard and I are excited to enter into this cutting edge and truly unique broadcasting agreement with SiriusXM that I believe will further the legacy of Howard Stern."
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About SiriusXM Canada
Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with more than 2.7 million subscribers, is the country's leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 130 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news, entertainment and major sports brands including the NHL, NFL, NBA, NASCAR, CNN, CBC, FOX, BBC, Howard Stern, Disney, Comedy Central and more.
SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at www.siriusxm.ca and on Apple and Android-powered mobile devices.
SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 2,500 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit our website at www.siriusxm.ca.
SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies six years in a row and 2013, 2014 and 2015 rankings in PROFIT 500's list of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies.
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