Sirius creditors threaten to oust CEO - WSJ

Feb 16 (Reuters) - A group of Sirius XM Radio Inc SIRI.O creditors will seek to remove Chief Executive Mel Karmazin if the company chooses a bankruptcy filing over a deal with an investor that would let it stay solvent, the Wall Street Journal said.

“Creditors will act quickly and definitively if they perceive that management is (not) acting ... in the best interest of the estate,” the paper quoted Edward Weisfelner, a partner with Brown Rudnick LLP - the law firm representing the creditor group - as saying.

The satellite radio company said in response that its management is “continually working to ensure the best possible outcome for the enterprise,” the Journal reported on its website on Sunday, adding that a final decision on Sirius’ future is expected on Monday.

Liberty Media Corp LINTA.O is in talks with Sirius to invest but not take it over, a source said on Friday, as Sirius tries to stave off a bid by EchoStar Corp SATS.O.

The talks with Liberty are seen as a last-ditch attempt by Karmazin to hold off EchoStar, which holds $175 million in Sirius convertible bonds due on Feb. 17.

Sirius said it had refinanced some debt that was due in December, but added that it still might have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if talks toward refinancing other debt did not yield results by Tuesday. [nN13519730] (Reporting by Ramya Dilip in Bangalore; editing by John Stonestreet)