Surprised JHIG didn't report on this first. Funniest line - and the dead giveaway that this is all bullshit was when he said as long as Howard is as motivated as he is today we want him back. Close second was Howard is worth every penny we pay him.
Sirius XM Radio is "committed to keeping" Howard Stern and NFL content when their current deals with the satellite radio firm expire at the end of 2015, CEO Jim Meyer told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference on Thursday.
In a session that was webcast, he said the satellite radio firm would like to continue its relationship with Stern as long as the radio host wants to work. No conversations worth mentioning with Stern and the NFL are currently taking place, "but we're committed to keeping those," Meyer said.
Stern earlier this year said that he is planning to leave Sirius XM at the end of his contract that runs through 2015. The comment came after he failed to revive a $300 million lawsuit based on a contract dispute with Sirius.
"As long as Howard Stern wants to work, as long as Howard Stern is as motivated as he is today and makes his show as good as it is, we want him on Sirius XM Radio," Meyer said.
But asked if he would extend Stern's contract on a non-exclusive basis, Meyer said on Thursday "absolutely not." He explained: "We pay an aweful lot of money for Howard. And every penny is worth that...We want to protect that exclusivity." That said, he said he loves that Stern is doing America's Got Talent as it helps the Stern and Sirius brand.
John Malone's Liberty Media owns a majority stake in Sirius XM.