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Press Release

PTC Cautions on AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Urging More Consumer Choice

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 10/24/2016

LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2016) – The Parents Television Council issued a statement in response to the news that AT&T is purchasing Time Warner for $85.4 billion.

“AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner will create an entertainment behemoth, and no doubt the corporate spin-masters will emphasize benefits to consumers. But if history is our guide, this merger should be of great concern to families. Conditions must be put in place that open the door to more choice for families and other cable consumers. We urge the FCC and DOJ to carefully review this merger and only give approval if the deal creates more unbundling options,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Consumers should have more control over what cable networks they want to purchase – period. With AT&T taking over premium cable network HBO, it becomes even more crucial that consumers aren’t forced to pay for networks they may not watch or want. When XM and Sirius planned to merge, a key condition for regulatory approval was their commitment to allow subscribers to opt out of explicit content. A similar condition should apply here.

“We hope that AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner can increase choice for consumers, just as the merger is poised to change the entire media landscape.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.