XM Satellite Radio will be making various changes to their News and Talk offerings, including dropping brand-name talent like Ellen DeGeneres and Tyra Banks, within the next two weeks.
In addition, several shows will be moving channels, and ReachMD will be changing channel location.
Set to take effect on September 24th, XM will drop ABC News & Talk from its channel lineup. Not all the programming will be lost though, as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Bob Brinker will shift to America Right (ch 166) instead. Hannity will air weekdays from 3-6pm ET, Levin from 6-8pm ET, and Brinker will air weekends from 5-8pm ET.
As a result, Dr. Laura will make the move from America Right to Take Five (ch 155). Take 5 will lose "Satellite Sisters," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and "The Tyra Banks Show" - while "Broadminded" moves to a new timeslot on weekdays at noon-3pm ET.
As for channel dancing, Reach MD will move from channel 233 to its new home on channel 157.
Ellen DeGeneres and Tyra Banks, both of whom were signed on when Take 5 was formed nearly two years ago, served as prominent images in XM's marketing. My assumption is they likely didn't get much listenership as Ellen and Tyra were simply rebroadcasts of the TV shows.
Ellen's image is still used on XM's "What's On XM" page representing the Talk & Entertainment genre.