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WorldSpace radio to exit India on New Year’s Eve

WorldSpace has declared that it will terminate its radio broadcast services to all Indian subscribers from 31 December 2009. Following its bankruptcy protection filing in October 2008, the satellite radio service provider has had to bid adieu to the subcontinent

On New Year’s Eve, apart from the bygone year, music lovers in India will bid farewell to something they have really cherished—the musical service called WorldSpace satellite radio.

In a statement, WorldSpace Inc, the parent company of WorldSpace India, said,”On December 31, 2009, the WorldSpace satellite radio broadcast service will be terminated for all customers serviced from India.”  While this termination is well before the end of its prepaid subscriptions, many subscribers are upset over the fact that they will not receive the service, rather the money that they stand to lose.

WorldSpace is listed on the Nasdaq, and is tottering under a $2.1-billion debt. It is seeking to raise fresh funds to repay its obligations.

In the note posted on its website, the company has said that the main reason for the termination was that the potential buyer of much of WorldSpace’s global assets has decided not to buy the WorldSpace assets relating to—and supporting—its subscription business in India.

When the service was launched in India, the annual subscription offered was around Rs1,800 in 2005. The satellite radio network has around 170,000 subscribers in over 130 countries including India. Moreover, over 95% of the subscribers to the service are from India.

On the refund involved in the services which would be terminated well before the subscription expiry date, WorldSpace stated, “The company recognises that you may have paid for services to be rendered beyond the termination date, but is not in a position to offer a refund for any unused portion of your subscription.”

According to reports, US-based media company Liberty Media has already bought out WorldSpace’s liabilities from its creditors. Interestingly, Liberty Media holds 40% stake in Sirius XM Radio and as per reports, chief executives of both the companies had said that there is a possibility of a joint Sirius XM/Liberty Media global satellite radio venture between the two.

WorldSpace has offered a claim procedure to be undertaken next year under US bankruptcy law. However, more than the claims, what bothers Indian subscribers most is the discontinuation of a quality music service, which Indian FM channels have failed to provide.

“I just wanted to hold my head and start crying for the sake of classical music. They did not even inform us,” said Vitthal Nadkarni, a senior journalist, who was caught unawares about the notice even as classic music from WorldSpace continued to play in his father’s room.

“I was completely surprised that they could do such a thing. The issue is not the subscription paid. It was doing so well, it was part of our life. It was money well spent anyway,” said Anand Desai, another WorldSpace subscriber from India.

“I thought it was a very good service. The music was available whenever you wanted. It is a pity. We tend to use the classical channel more, but they offered a lot of variety. It is indeed a sorry thing. I think more than the money (lost), the quality would be missed,” added Vimla Nadkarni, another ardent fan of classical music offered by WorldSpace.

Subscribers are divided over whether subscribers should file for a claim. “We will check out, but I think we will file for the claim if we get a chance,” said Ms Nadkarni.

Mr Desai, however, had a different opinion. “Whatever they have delivered has been so good, that you don’t want to file a claim. Anyway, filing a claim is useless,” he said.

He ended on an optimistic note, wishing revival for the radio channel in India. “I wish somebody saves it, at least the Indian part. I was looking for some local FM channels buying out the rights. Playing the service on your car radio would be fantastic.”
 

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COMMENTS

Nasiba khanum

5 years ago

since we not yet any payments.

kindly do the needful.

for

Nasiba khanum

aradhya

6 years ago

I am a world space radio listner since 2005 but they have closed in2009 I waited till today my concern is that are they going to come back to indian service

V G Sowmya

6 years ago

hi i am Sowmya From Chennai. I had been a great fan of almost all the channels of this sattelite Radio. hope you are still working towards coming back to india.

is it been thought of having a tie up with the local channels.. or why dont u star working towards a kind of tie up with mobiles and launch an inbuilt sattelite radio to the mobiles..

Awaiting your come back with lots more of thoughts and ideas to see you back in INDIA

My Best wishes and Good Luck to the team..

Regards

Sowmya

Mona Dwi Anggraeni

6 years ago

I was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. where I can pay the subscription of World Space Satellite Radio in Indonesia ? so I can receive World Space broadcasts again. Because I can't receive that broadcast yet. Please give me information as soon as possible.Thankyou

prabhakaran v

6 years ago

my receiver no is 270845.
kindly refund my leftout subscription money if do not give service anymore
my bank is
syndicate bank at
payyanur
kannur-
kerala 670332 mob no 9847182048

Sunita

6 years ago

I miss worldspace so much i can't tell you. It was a great service. Anybody here who has been keeping a track, are they coming back somehow or the other, is it going to be revived ever?

sandeep sarkar

6 years ago

How we can forgo the habit of listening to music in the morning before the start a hectic day because that acted as an energy input for thr entire day.

neerja yenigalla

7 years ago

hope world space radio is revived somehow,each of the stations was so uplifting,as housewife i cud be in tuch with beutiful music all the time while doin my chores,also radio art of living,gurujis satsangs and meditations were too good,its something i,ve to learn to live without

VISVESHWAR

7 years ago

AS A STUDENT OF MUSIC - CARNATIC INSTRUMENT FLUTE - SHRUTI CHANNEL WAS PLAYED NON-STOP AT OUR HOME. MY PROGRESS IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO WORLSPACE ALSO. BY CONTINUOUS LISTENING I HAVE LEARNT SEVERAL NUANCES OF THE MUSIC AND EFFORTLESSLY I AM ABLE TO BRING THEM OUT WHILE PERFORMING. I AM MISSING A LOT. THE DAWN OF 2010 HAS BEEN VERY BAD AND SAD FOR ME. I PRAY FOR THE EARLY REVIVAL OF THE COMPANY AND BROADCAST.

ambuj

7 years ago

I can not imagine music without worldspace. Hope it will be back soon. Specially I miss Radio Farishta who made golden oldies unforgettable for us...

CKRavi

7 years ago

Just keep cool and pray to all our Heads of Faith so that we get back WorldSpaceRadio as soon as possible,only with the help of the hidden Spiritual Powers in our country,India.
Surely it will be revived with the help of other big associates.Keep praying and dont get annoyed with WorldSpace,because their service is still in our minds memorised for their beautiful no nonsense broadcast when compared to our nonsense FM stations.

venugopal

7 years ago

I still hold my breath to see light of restoring worldspace music whic is my part of life at this age of 70 kindly intimate wether restored. my subscription is till may 2010

Basil Diarsa

7 years ago

I will miss MAESTRO forever!

AASHISH PAREEK

7 years ago

hey, please help me out as my money is stucked in this company ; 4800/= of two years subscription i've paid through credit card in jaipur, please help , where should i go to claim my money !!!!!!!!

vinod sagar

7 years ago


the music provided was soothing and brought peace to the listeners ; the music provided is simply priceless.can anyone revive the services? or at least make it available on the internet?

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