Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 9:53am
NAB ASKS FCC TO STOP THE CLOCK ON XM/SIRIUS
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the FCC to pull the plug on its 180-day shot clock for considering the XM-Sirius merger to give the NAB time to go through documents it says it is getting through a Freedom of Information Request filed in March. In its FCC filing, NAB says that the FCC's Enforcement Bureau has said some documents related to FM modulators and transmitters would be supplied to NAB, but have not yet been released because they are subject to various reviews. NAB says the documents relate to "serious apparent wrongdoing by XM and Sirius 'executive and senior-level employees' regarding the operation of FM modulators/translators and/or terrestrial repeaters." The NAB request to stop the clock came the same day some Wall Street analysts predicted the Justice Department would OK the deal by the end of November and predicted the FCC would follow suit.
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