After eight years, “King of All Media” Howard Stern is ending his pay-per-view TV efforts. Howard TV, available as a subscription service on Brighthouse, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner cable will end in December. Stern made the announcement on his radio show Monday. The channel aired videos of his Sirius XM radio show and other related content. He launched the channel after taking his act from mainstream radio to satellite. Before then, his radio tapings aired on the E! Network.
The radio and TV personality had promised to expand the channel’s offerings, but The Wrap reports that Howard TV staff have known since September. Hey, Stern’s a judge on America’s Got Talent now. While his selection got the expected protests from watchdog groups, viewers don’t mind him being around. These days, he seems about as shocking as Nick Cannon.
Whatever people think of Stern, his presence has changed the media landscape almost as much as he proclaims it has. Before he arrived, would anyone have believed a radio DJ could form the basis for a pay-per-view cable channel? He left a huge void in free radio after his exit, one that may have sealed the fate of the station where he found fame. Carter Alan, a former DJ at WBCN, has written a book called “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN.” He believes that while Stern made the station a lot of money and drew big ratings, it became dependent on the shock jock. Alan said listeners who tuned in for Stern’s show didn’t stick around for anything else on the station. When he left for satellite radio, those listeners did too.
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