According to the NY Post, XMSR and Sirius will announce a merger as early as today. Both Sirius and XM trade near multi-year lows as their subscriber growth decelerates and they face competition from new consumer electronics devices like the Apple (AAPL) iPod.
The companies each has over $1 billion in debt.
A consolidation is seen as way to save hundreds of million of dollars in redundant costs, but the FCC may resist a merger which would eliminate competition in the satellite radio market.
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