Statement Regarding Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger from Writers Guild of America, East

NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 23, 2015) – The Writers Guild of America, East released the following statement regarding media reports that Comcast is dropping its bid to buy Time Warner Cable:

“The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) is gratified that Comcast/NBCU has dropped its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable.  The purpose of the merger was to give the merged company even greater leverage over content creators, including our members, and over consumers.  Our members create shows and craft compelling stories, and their work is enhanced when there are multiple opportunities to obtain distribution, funding and direct access to audiences.  Their work (and therefore the audience experience) is diminished by the increased power of like the proposed Comcast/NBCU/TWC.”

ABOUT WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit wgaeast.org.

 

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