United States

Justice Dept staff recommended AT&T divest Turner or DirecTV - gov't official

Thursday, 9 Nov 2017 02:10pm EST 

Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Justice department's main concern over at&t acquisition of time warner is merged firm will raise costs of time warner content to rivals - source:Justice department also concerned merger will inhibit ability of "innovative new technologies to deliver content to consumers" - source.u.s. Justice department's antitrust division staff recommended demanding at&t either divest turner broadcasting unit or directv as part of time warner merger -government official.Justice department antitrust unit is keeping 'door open' to alternative divestiture proposals from at&t - government official.Justice department is worried at&t could withhold content from rival distributors - government official.