Just announced on Fox News. Howard Stern to move from the public airwaves to Sirius Satellite Radio. There has been much speculation over Stern moving from the regulated airwaves to a satellite radio network, but Stern has been mum on the issue for a long time.
Shock jock Howard Stern will head to satellite radio, where listeners will have to pay to hear him.
Stern and Sirius Satellite Radio announced a five-year deal beginning January 2006.
In early June, radio station owner Clear Channel agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with the FCC to resolve indecency complaints against Stern and other radio personalities.
Infinity paid a similar amount in 1995 to settle a variety of violations by Stern.
Stern has said the FCC's enforcement has "a chilling effect on all broadcasters".
Sirius can also be received by the DISH network, which has 10 million subscribers.
"The SuperBowl did us in," said Stern, a reference to this year's half-time show when Janet Jackson exposed her breast during a live performance.
"It's time to go," Stern said on his program. "I believe more in satellite than I do in radio."
Stern said he plans to finish out his contract at Infinity Broadcasting, which ends late next year.
Will people pay for it though?