Sirius XM Says Liberty Media Trying to Take ‘De Facto Control’

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Beth Ostrosky Stern and Howard Stern attend the Cinema Society & Acura screening Of "Thor" at AMC Loews 19th Street East 6 theater on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Beth Ostrosky Stern;Howard Stern; Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Back in 2009, Sirius XM radio was drowning in debt — did Howard Stern's half-a-billion contract break the bank? — so John Malone's Liberty Media stepped in, earning itself a hefty voting share in the company in the process. But now Sirius says Liberty is trying to grab control of its Earth station licenses, and has asked the FCC to dismiss Liberty's petition.