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Sirius Gambles on Bill Bennett

The cultural critic will host a morning show for three hours a day.
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Sirius (SIRI) signed up political commentator Bill Bennett for a three-hour daily broadcast.

The New York pay radio broadcaster said Bennett's "Morning in America" show will air Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. EST. The company described the show as a "fast paced issues-oriented talk show that covers news, politics, culture, sports, media and more."

Bennett, a former education secretary and longtime cultural critic, has been a controversial figure at times. On his show, he recently called for the jailing of

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reporters who won Pulitzer Prizes for stories based on information leaked by government officials. Author of "The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories," Bennett also grabbed headlines in 2003 for his multimillion-dollar gambling losses.

"Although he is a well-known Republican, Bennett has often crossed party lines in order to pursue important common purposes," Sirius says.