Call Me Mel “Save-My-Own-Keister” Karmazin
Sirius XM (SIRI) is ready to seek bankruptcy protection. The company has warned investors that it’s prepared to file Chapter 11. It has hired bankruptcy and restructuring advisers. And it has filled out the necessary paperwork. But it may never file it.
“People familiar with the situation” tell The Wall Street Journal that Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin and satellite mogul Charlie Ergen are moving closer to an accord that would save the struggling satellite radio outfit from having to file Chapter 11. Apparently, Ergen has agreed to allow Karmazin to keep his job if he agrees to a deal, and that’s been concession enough to keep him at the negotiating table, though he continues to pursue an alternative, and perhaps fantastical, deal with Liberty Media (LINTA).
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