XM Satellite Radio And ABC News Launch "The Good Morning America Radio Show"
Daily Program Brings ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson and Robin Roberts to Millions of XM Subscribers As It Combines News and Interviews from Good Morning America with Original Content
Washington D.C., December 15, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, and ABC News, which reaches more than 215 million Americans each month, announced today the launch of “The Good Morning American Radio Show,” which will be broadcast exclusively on XM Satellite Radio starting January 23. The launch was announced this morning on Good Morning America (GMA) by the show’s anchors and their guest Hugh Panero, President and CEO, XM Satellite Radio. “The Morning America Radio Show,” will feature Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson and Robin Roberts along with radio personality Hilarie Barsky in a new, two-hour radio program that will combine news and interviews from Good Morning America and original content that expands upon segments and topics discussed on the popular morning news program.
“Good Morning America is one of the most popular and enduring morning news programs on television and we are proud to welcome ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson and Robin Roberts, three of the most respected names in journalism, to the XM family,” said Hugh Panero, President and CEO, XM Satellite Radio. “’The Good Morning America Radio Show’ will provide the near 5 million viewers who watch GMA each morning a way to enjoy the news and features from their favorite morning show outside of the home. XM offers the most diverse and highest quality programming on radio and ’The Good Morning America Radio Show’ is a rich complement to our celebrated lineup of news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music.”
“The ’Good Morning America Radio Show’ will bring the best of GMA to millions of XM subscribers nationwide - the news and features both from our television program and produced specifically for radio. We are pleased to join with XM to make GMA available to new, radio audiences, as well as our regular audiences who want even more from the program each and every day,” said David Westin, President, ABC News.
“The Good Morning America Radio Show” debuts on January 23 and will air Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 10 am ET and repeat from 10am to noon on Take Five (XM Channel 155), a talk and lifestyle channel for women launched by XM earlier this year. ABC’s enormously popular Good Morning America offers an engaging mix of news, features, weather, and special interest stories with anchors Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts live and direct from its Times Square studios in New York City to loyal fans across the country.
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XM is America’s number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2005 lineup includes more than 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.
Ben Sherwood is the executive producer of “Good Morning America.” The two-hour, live program, anchored by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts airs Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio’s service, the Company’s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.
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