Washington, United States:
US telecommunications big AT&T may announce as quickly as Monday a merger between its WarnerMedia unit — which owns CNN and HBO — and Discovery media, media stories mentioned.
The new entity is anticipated to be owned by AT&T and Discovery, in keeping with a CNBC report, however no particulars had been instantly launched.
Bloomberg, citing folks with data of the matter, reported a deal “could be announced announced as soon as this week.”
Contacted by AFP, neither AT&T, WarnerMedia, or Discovery had responded on Sunday night.
The transaction may create an enormous capable of compete with Netflix and Disney+, which have seen their variety of subscribers surge through the pandemic.
A slowdown within the progress of the Disney empire’s streaming platform between January and March, nevertheless, made traders fret and induced the group’s shares to plunge final week.
AT&T purchased Time Warner in 2018 for $80 billion, then renamed it WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, Warner Bros. studios and cable channels corresponding to CNN.
Discovery has channels in 220 international locations, in keeping with its web site.
WarnerMedia had web gross sales of $30.four billion in 2020, and Discovery — which owns Eurosport — of $10.7 billion
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