Disney, CBS queried by U.S. in Comcast merger: Bloomberg

Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:10pm EDT

A Comcast sign is shown in San Francisco, California February 13, 2014.   REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A Comcast sign is shown in San Francisco, California February 13, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co, Discovery Communications Inc and CBS Corp are being asked for information by U.S. antitrust officials probing Comcast Corp's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached out to the companies as it investigates whether the cable-industry merger is anticompetitive, Bloomberg reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.

Comcast, the largest U.S. cable provider, offered in February to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45.2 billion in stock. The merger would put Comcast in 19 of the 20 largest U.S. TV markets, and could give it unprecedented leverage in negotiations with content providers and advertisers.

Other media companies have also been approached, Bloomberg reported, citing one of the people familiar with the matter.

Among other issues, the antitrust division is asking about most-favored-nation clauses, the report said.

Consumer advocates and U.S. lawmakers are worried that Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal would create a company with too much power to decide what Americans can watch on television and do online, and they expect intense regulatory scrutiny of the deal.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Wit-Sec wrote:
Comcast is AT&T in the making.

Prevent the merger & allow competitive marketing for consumers.

Jul 12, 2014 1:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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