The Federal Communications Commission plans to lift the veil on how much Comcast and AT&T pay for every channel from ABC to MTV.
The agency, weighing whether to approve more than $90 billion in pay-TV mergers between Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV, said on Tuesday that those companies’ confidential programming documents should be made public as part of the vetting process.
That’s a win for Dish Network, Cablevision and other pay-TV systems, and a blow to CBS, Disney, Discovery, Fox, Viacom and programmers who want to keep the terms of those contracts secret.
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