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DJ Stern 'staying' on satellite
Howard Stern
DJ Howard Stern says he is happy on satellite
US "shock jock" Howard Stern has vowed never to return to terrestrial radio because of the censorship.

Stern, who has moved to an unregulated subscription satellite network, said he would "throw up" if he had to go back.

He said three companies had made overtures through his agent for a terrestrial radio deal.

The outspoken DJ was dropped by US media giant Clear Channel in 2004 after regulators fined it $495,000 (270,000) for indecency in his show.

Indecency

"I'm very flattered terrestrial radio can't let go of me," he said on his morning radio show.

I left because I couldn't stand the censorship
Howard Stern

Stern is one of the US's most popular talk show hosts, particularly in the 25-54 age category.

He is five months into a five-year, $500 million (268m) contract with Sirius Satellite Radio.

When Stern announced his move in 2004, Sirius, which is not governed by US regulators, had about 650,000 listeners. It now has more than four million.

"I've never been happier," Stern said. "We're flying high and doing great."

He said he would not go back to terrestrial radio "for any reason".

"I left because I couldn't stand the censorship," he said. "I couldn't stand the Federal Communications Commission."

Clear Channel took Stern off air during a crackdown by the US regulator on indecency in the wake of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl.


SEE ALSO:
'Shock jock' has satellite debut
10 Jan 06 |  Entertainment
Stern dropped from radio stations
05 Jan 05 |  Entertainment
Stern moves to satellite network
06 Oct 04 |  Entertainment


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