Ever since five record companies launched their plans for a competing music-video channel, MTV has been crying foul. Now, the Justice Dept. seems to be listening. On July 20, Robert E. Litan, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, confirmed that his department has begun a preliminary investigation of the channel. A music source adds that the five partners have all received subpoenas. They are Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music, PolyGram, EMI Music, and Bertelsmann Music.

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