NAB Keeps Fighting Sat Radio Merger

The main broadcast lobby in Washington, D.C., was recently back at the Portals fighting the proposed merger between XM and Sirius.

According to a filing at the Federal Communications Commission, David Rehr and Marsha MacBride of the National Association of Broadcasters met with Commissioner Michael Copps about the deal. The group has been vigorously fighting the transaction, which needs the blessing of the FCC to move toward completion.

The filing, describing what was discussed at the meeting, detailed NAB's concerns that the pending merger could undermine fair competition in local radio markets, and violate the FCC's long-standing prohibition against a merger of the nation's only two satellite radio licensees. The association also warned against the creation of a "regulated satellite radio monopoly."

The FCC remains the only regulatory hurdle for the companies. In March, the Justice Department's antitrust staff cleared the merger.