Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

AT&T may have to sell CNN to merge with Time Warner

AT&T may have to sell CNN to merge with Time Warner

"That was made by a man who is actually a very respected person, a very, very respected person".

Nevertheless, a group of eight Democratic US senators on Friday wrote to Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, urging the department "to oppose any attempt by the White House to interfere with antitrust law enforcement decisions, particularly for political reasons".

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Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the DOJ had told AT&T officials that they would like the company to divest DirecTV or Time Warner's Turner networks to secure approval. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed to block the deal because it concentrated too much "power in the hands of too few".

"If we feel like litigation is a better outcome then we will litigate", AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told the New York Times DealBook conference on Thursday.

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The agency's reservations about approving the tie-up appear to stem from concerns about how competition could be harmed by the consolidation of AT&T's distribution platforms with Time Warner's wide range of content.

A White House official said Kushner didn't intend for the comment to be taken seriously and was only trying to make a point, according to the Journal, which reported that the remark "wasn't taken lightly" inside Time Warner. But the company abandoned the plan in the face of Time Warner's resistance, Reuters said. As president, Trump has often blasted CNN for its coverage of him and his administration, disparaging it and its reporters as "fake news". "And likewise I have never offered to sell CNN", he said, adding that there was "absolutely no intention" that the company would sell the network. Those remarks put AT&T and DOJ on a collision course, policy analysts said, which may lead to DOJ suing to block the deal.

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Delrahim has said he was never given instructions by the White House on how to conduct his analysis. Delrahim first noted Ronald Reagan's quip that the most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help".

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