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Old 09-27-2005, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default Sirius sued for alleged racial discrimination

Religious Programmer Sues Sat Radio Company

The Word Network, which provides African-American ministries and gospel music, said it filed a lawsuit against Sirius Monday, alleging racial discrimination and breach of contract concerning the satellite radio company's decision to cancel their contract.

The network said Sirius dropped its programming earlier this month.

"We did not want to file suit, but Sirius gave us no choice," said Lewis Gibbs, Word Network's vice president of operations. "We were dropped without warning and when pressed as to why, Sirius said ratings were poor. However, Sirius refused to say what the ratings were or if others with supposedly similar ratings were also unceremoniously dropped. We feel that was a pretext for racial and religious discrimination, and neither we nor our supporters will stand for it."

The Word Network said the suit alleges it was providing the only programming on Sirius that combined religious content and ministry to an African-American audience, and Sirius does not now carry, and has no plans to carry, programming similar to its offering.

A Sirius spokesperson said the company has not seen the litigation and therefore could not comment on the lawsuit.

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