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EchoStar eyeing struggling Sirius XM?

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Howardstern_lEchoStar Corp., which has been buying near-term debt owed by Sirius, may seek to acquire the struggling satellite radio company. The New York Times reports that Sirius XM has hired advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing within the next few days. With $5 billion in assets, Sirius XM’s would be the second-largest Chapter 11 filing of 2009. Service is unlikely to be interrupted, but the company may need to terminate pricey contracts with on-air talent like Howard Stern, pictured (who was paid $100 million per year) and Martha Stewart.

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