I predicted that if Fox talk radio was actually dropped by SiriusXM, its viability was unlikely – the network has very few terrestrial affiliates and to some degree irritates them by constantly reminding people the shows are on satellite.
Alan Colmes is by far the Fox Talk station with the most affiliates. His show currently airs from 10 PM to 1 AM ET. Fox just announced he’ll be moving to 6 to 9 PM, the time currently occupied by Spencer Hughes. They’ll refeed the show at its current time, but it will no longer be live, similar to how TRN decided to refeed Rusty Humphries’ show in the late evening when he moved to afternoon – to avoid hiring a replacement. Non-live syndicated talk radio has no purpose.
Unless News Corp wants to just pour money down a rat hole, I can’t see them keeping this going much longer – and right now News Corp is more interested in acquiring the newspapers owned by Chicago based Tribune Company.