Among the changes taking place as part of satcaster SiriusXM’s latest channel realignment is the cancellation of longtime mainstream top 40 address "20 on 20.” As of July 17 the channel will be replaced by “Venus,” which will focus on rhythmic pop hits released since 2000.
"20 on 20,” the interactive channel that regularly played the top 20 songs voted on by listeners, dates back to the days when it aired only on XM, prior to its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio in July 2008. According to Arbitron measurements at that time, the channel garnered the highest ratings for XM, rivaling numbers put up by Howard Stern on Sirius.
While "SiriusXM Hits 1,” programmed by radio veteran Kid Kelly, will continue to represent mainstream top 40 on the bird, it is not known where other “20 on 20” programming such as The Official Chart Show, which counts down the top singles in the U.K., will be heard as of the 17th. Representatives at SiriusXM could not be reached for comment.