Christian Group Gives Blessing to XM/Sirius Merger
A Christian broadcasting company with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention has come out in favor of the proposed merger between XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. FamilyNet radio, which currently broadcasts talk shows on its own Sirius channel, announced its support for the merger in a statement this week.
“FamilyNet has found satellite radio to be an ideal medium for bringing our message to consumers,” FamilyNet chief operating officer R. Martin Coleman said in the statement. He added that the group supports the merger because it makes satellite radio’s survival more likely, and that it would likely increase the potential audience for Christian talk radio more likely.
FamilyNet, which is controlled by the Southern Baptists’ North American Mission Board, also operates a TV network.