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FCC Barred From Disclosing TV Contracts in Comcast Review

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A federal appeals court blocked the Federal Communications Commission from ordering the disclosure of programming contracts as part of the U.S. government’s review of Comcast Corp.’s takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc.

The court sided with media companies, which warned that making the contracts public would put them at a competitive disadvantage. The FCC disclosure requirement was put on hold pending a court review of a lawsuit filed this month by CBS Corp. and other media companies seeking to block release of the contracts.