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Radio company SiriusXM cuts workforce by 8%

SiriusXM Holdings Inc SIRI.O on Monday said it would lay off 8% of its workforce, or about 475 employees, as the satellite radio firm takes a hit from slow subscriber growth.

In February, the owner of podcast platform Stitcher had said it expects to lose subscribers this year as consumers brace for a recession. Weak auto sales are also expected to hurt the radio operator’s subscriber base. The company will also cut its marketing budget.

As on Dec. 31, 2022, SiriusXM had 5,869 full-time and part-time employees.

“Today’s decision to reduce our workforce was required for us to maintain a sustainably profitable company,” Chief executive Jennifer Witz said in a letter to staff. The lay offs will impact nearly all departments.

SiriusXM joins tech titans such as Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and Google-parent Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O that cut headcount by the thousands to weather a tough economy. Reuters

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