AFRICANGLOBE – A $20 billion lawsuit has been filed by an African-American media group against Comcast and Time Warner. The lawsuit claim that two media companies have discriminated against Black-owned media companies. The two companies are not the only one targeted the group is also taking legal action against Al Sharpton.
On Friday, the lawsuit was filed by the National Association of African-American Owned Media in Los Angeles federal court and the same group also filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc. and DirecTV in December.
According to the lawsuit, the two media companies together spend about $25 billion yearly for the licensing of pay-television channels and also for advertising of their products and services. But still, 3 million per year has been received by African American-owned media.
According to Al Sharpton, the claims are nothing but frivolous claims. According to the group, Comcast made bid donations so that there can be many people in order to support the merger.
“Despite the notoriously low ratings that Sharpton’s show generates. Comcast has allowed Sharpton to maintain his hosting position for more than three years in exchange for Sharpton’s continued public support for Comcast on issues of diversity”, says the lawsuit.
A Comcast spokesperson did not agree with the claims. The spokesperson said that they are proud about their wonderful record supporting and fostering diverse programming. The spokesperson also said that presently they are carrying over 100 networks that geared toward diverse audiences. According to sources, Al Sharpton’ show is under pressure at the network, according to a recent report there is a possibility that show may be moved from its 6PM daily slot to the weekends.
By: Hunter Hackney
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