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AT&T in superior talks to merge WarnerMedia with Discovery, deal anticipated as quickly as tomorrow

Mixed photographs of AT&T CEO John Stankey (L)and john stankey WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.

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AT&T is in superior talks to merge WarnerMedia with Discovery in a deal that may strengthen the mixed firm towards rival media giants Netflix and Disney, based on folks accustomed to the matter.

A deal might be introduced as quickly as tomorrow, mentioned the folks, who requested to not be named as a result of the discussions are non-public. Talks aren’t ultimate and will nonetheless collapse, mentioned the folks.

AT&T and Discovery declined CNBC’s request for remark.

The doubtless construction of the deal will mix Discovery with all of WarnerMedia, which is able to develop into a brand new publicly traded firm co-owned by AT&T and Discovery shareholders, the folks mentioned.

The precise break up between the 2 firms could not be decided. Discovery has a $16 billion market capitalization and a $30 billion enterprise worth. AT&T acquired Time Warner, since renamed to WarnerMedia, for $85 billion in fairness worth in 2018.

Bloomberg Information first reported talks between AT&T and Discovery for his or her content material property.

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