Rupert Murdoch twice discussed CNN with AT&T CEO

Donald Trump

"That was made by a man who's actually a very respected person - a very, very respected person".

Previously, the president has blasted AT&T and Time Warner's merger plans - and during the 2016 election he threatened to block the companies from combining under his watch.

The US Department of Justice, the country's antitrust regulator, is investigating the deal and has recommended that AT&T either sell its DirecTV unit or Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit, which includes CNN, according to reports this week.

Rupert Murdoch may be kicking the tires on a deal to buy CNN. In a separate statement, DOJ's new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said he has "never been instructed by the White House on this or any other transaction under review by the antitrust division".

This week, Delrahim and other agency officials told AT&T that the deal as it now stands raises anti-competition concerns, and that the company will need to shed some assets, perhaps either Turner or DirecTV. "I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you can-especially since so many are fake".

The corporate negotiations are political in part because Trump frequently calls out CNN as "fake news".

Also, as Recode noted, in his comments on Saturday Trump also referred to his opposition to the merger on the campaign trail: "I did make a comment as to what I think".

Forcing a sale of CNN could harm the news network, if a buyer doesn't have the same deep pockets as AT&T and Time Warner to support newsgathering.

Delrahim said he had not had any contact with the White House or the attorney general on the matter, speaking at an event at the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles later in the day. Those remarks put AT&T and DOJ on a collision course, policy analysts said, which may lead to DOJ suing to block the deal.

Stephenson twice said the cable channel was not on the table.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Electronic Arts have bought Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment
Zampella also lauded EA for letting Respawn do its thing without interference, and allowing the studio to grow its own culture. The deal may very well change the original EA-Respawn dynamic, which kicked off in 2010 as part of the "EA Partners" program .

White House Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Roy Moore
An attempt to amend the names on the ballot filed after this date, moreover, "shall not be cause for reprinting of the ballots". He took off her shirt and touched her bra and underwear while also guiding her hand over his trousers , Ms.

Morocco, Tunisia qualify for Russian Federation 2018 World Cup
Morocco and Tunisia have joined Nigeria, Egypt, and Senegal as the African teams who will be playing in the World Cup this summer. The Moroccan Football Federation has put up unprecedented financial rewards for the players of the Moroccan national team.

Ex-Trump adviser investigated over alleged plot to kidnap Turkish cleric
According to "people familiar with the investigation", it was at this encounter that the $15m payment was discussed. The discussions between Flynn and Turkish government reps "involved the possibility of transporting Mr.

Other news