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House, Senate panelists question AT&T and DirecTV on merger plan

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • June 27 2014

At back-to-back congressional hearings, executives of AT&T and DirecTV addressed concerns raised by lawmakers and various industry witnesses on the

FCC opens rulemaking proceeding on SDARS merger ban, as former FCC commissioner urges approval of XMSirius deal

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 6 2007

In conjunction with its ongoing deliberations on the proposed merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, the FCC has opened rulemaking proceedings to determine whether language, contained within a 1997 report and order, that seemingly prohibits one satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) licensee from acquiring the other SDARS licensee constitutes a “binding Commission rule.”

DOJ challenges non-HSR reportable transactions

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 29 2007

On May 22, 2007, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging a series of 2004 transactions that eliminated competition between the only two daily newspapers in Charleston, West Virginia

Copps urges FCC to conduct inquiry into News Corp-Dow Jones merger

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 2 2007

Describing News Corp.’s proposed $5.6 billion acquisition of Dow Jones as “unprecedented,” FCC Commissioner Michael Copps urged Kevin Martin, the agency’s chairman, to launch an investigation into the News Corp.-Dow Jones merger, which, according to Copps, “would appear directly to affect the New York metropolitan market in terms of localism, diversity and competition.”

Justice Department clears Sirius-XM merger

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 28 2008

After a yearlong wait, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio received Justice Department (DOJ) clearance on Monday for their proposed merger, which, according to a DOJ press statement, “does not establish that the combination of satellite radio providers would substantially reduce competition.”

Third Circuit lifts stay of media cross ownership rules

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 26 2010

Rejecting a motion that, ironically, was filed by the FCC, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated its stay of FCC rules that permit common ownership of a newspaper and a television station in the top 20 media markets

Governors urge FCC approval of Comcast-NBC deal

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 28 2010

Predicting that the proposed union of Comcast and NBC Universal (NBCU) will bring “consumers across the nation more programming choices over more communications technologies,” the governors of three states in which Comcast and NBCU boast a large corporate presence wrote to the FCC on Monday to recommend “timely government approval” of the $13.75 billion transaction

FCC approves Sirius-XM merger by 3-2 vote

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 1 2008

A new satellite radio powerhouse, known henceforth as Sirius XM Radio, Inc., was born on Tuesday after the FCC officially announced its approval of the XM-Sirius merger on Monday

Senate hearing on Sirius-XM merger focuses on content issues

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 23 2007

Appearing before the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee on Tuesday, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin again spelled out the public interest benefits of his company’s proposed merger with rival XM Satellite Radio, as key Republican members of the committee focused on the airing of adult content on the companies’ combined platform

FCC initiates media ownership inquiry

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 28 2010

The FCC laid out plans on Tuesday to revisit the contentious issue of media ownership with the release of a notice of inquiry (NOI) that seeks comment on the extent to which current FCC rules promote the agency’s goals of competition, localism, and diversity and what revisions to those rules, if any, are needed to promote those goals in the rapidly-changing U.S. media marketplace