From the Consumerist Blog, a nice little posting about the backlash brewing over the suspension of Opie and Anthony by XM Radio Management. While I have never listened to the potty-mouthed pair in my 2 years of subscribing to XM and I don't plan to cancel my subscription, I can understand the anger that is growing as XM now seems to be censoring itself and conforming to the rules of yesteryear. Whats next, the cancellation of the 80's channel? From the piece,
"Recently XM has censored "The Opie and Anthony Show" for some comments that a guest made towards two governmental officials. XM made the hosts apologize and subsequently suspended them for 30 days because they (XM) did not believe they were sincere in their apology. Many believe that XM took these steps in order to look good in front of the congressional committees that are reviewing the unwanted merger between Sirius and themselves.
This has angered many XM subscribers and loyal fans of the Opie and Anthony Show and has caused them and I to cancel our subscriptions to make them understand that we will not stand for censorship and the degradation of Free Speech on a PAID service that markets itself as uncensored. This action has and will cause a hurt in XM's bottom line and will force shareholders to take notice that XM answers to their paid and future subscribers, not advertisers or organizations with an agenda."
The surest way to lose creative class consumers is to offer them something in line with their ethos and then take it away in order to please squelchers.
posted by David