XM Retools its Channel Lineup
By David Dritsas
XM Satellite Radio announced that it will reshape its 100-channel lineup in order to add new channels and is entering a new category for satellite radio, special, extra channels for an additional monthly fee. As of June 30, 2002 the company reported approximately of 137,000 subscribers of its satellite-delivered, digital radio service.
XM President Hugh Panero noted in a statement from the company, "Based largely on subscriber feedback, we're making a number of enhancements to XM's 100 channel lineup." The result will be the addition of nine new channels, including a new premium channel, the cancellation of seven channels and the reorganization of several other channels (see below for specific details). The new channels will feature content such as neo-soul, books & drama, old-time radio dramas, folk music, easy listening and others. The new lineup takes effect Aug. 26, 2002.