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AT&T in Early Talks With U.S. Officials for Time Warner Approval

  • Content providers said to have raised concerns with DOJ
  • Top antitrust post is unfilled as talks on conditions begin
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How AT&T Could Secure Approval of Time Warner Deal

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U.S. antitrust officials have started talking to representatives from AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. about possible conditions that could secure approval of their $85.4 billion tie-up, according to people familiar with the matter.

The early-stage discussions suggest that government lawyers have nearly finished their months-long look at how AT&T, the biggest pay-TV distributor, would reshape the media landscape with its bid for the owner of CNN and HBO -- and shows that the sides have moved on to talking about how they can make the merger work without harming rivals.