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Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Does AT&T's blackout of HBO on Dish Network prove President Trump was right to be concerned about the AT&T-Time Warner merger?
Source: New York Magazine
As Josh Barro points out, "one of the main concerns the Department of Justice raised in their unsuccessful effort to block the AT&T–Time Warner merger was that a company that owned both a lot of the television channels Americans watch (CNN, TNT, HBO and more), and systems many Americans use to get television channels (DirecTV and U-Verse), would have undue power to raise prices and withhold content. Of course, the president had some concerns of his own — but whatever his political motivations, there was a plausible case that the merger was harmful to consumer welfare, and could lead to higher prices and reduced availability of content."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
AT&T executive taking over HBO, TBS, TNT and CNN promises a hands-off approach -- even when it comes to Samantha Bee and Bill Maher
Source: The New York Times
AT&T's John Stankey, 55, is now in charge of the $31 billion conglomerate that comprises Warner Bros. film studios, Turner and HBO as part of the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The company is changing its name to WarnerMedia. Stankey says he'll take a hands-off approach to the creative side of WarnerMedia. When asked about President Trump constantly attacking CNN, Stankey said: "Well, first of all the folks at CNN will continue to do what they do without my involvement or intervention. I think they do that incredibly very well, and they will continue to do that under my leadership just like they did the day before I showed up here." When asked about Bee and Maher -- and her recent Full Frontal controversy -- Stankey said his networks will continue having the same freedom they currently enjoy. "People who are running the creative process are professionals at running the creative process," he says. "I don’t believe that AT&T — the historical AT&T — by its nature brings much capability or intellectual property to do that better." ALSO: AT&T plans to give HBO a bigger budget to compete with Netflix.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker will stick around through the 2020 presidential election
There was speculation that AT&T's takeover of Time Warner would result in Zucker's ouster, but he signed a new deal several months ago to stay as CNN's president.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Watch 30 Rock explain the AT&T-Time Warner $85 billion merger
A judge today approved the merger of the media conglomerates, which is an example of "vertical integration." 30 Rock once had Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon explain "vertical integration."
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Report: An AT&T-Time Warner merger will require the selling of either DirecTV or CNN and other Turner Broadcasting channels
Source: The New York Times
The Justice Department wants AT&T to give up DirecTV or Time Warner to sell off Turner Broadcasting -- which includes CNN, TNT and TBS -- as a requirement for an AT&T-Time Warner merger, The New York Times reports. ALSO: Is this President Trump's way of punishing CNN?