It’s Official: AT&T To Buy Time Warner In $85-Billion Media Mega Deal

AT&T and Time Warner Agree To An $85 Billion Deal/CNN

AT&T and Time Warner Agree To An $85 Billion Deal/CNN

(CNN) — AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to an $85 billion deal — one of the biggest media tie-ups ever.

The move, announced Saturday evening (Oct. 22), will help AT&T expand beyond wireless and Internet service into programming.

Time Warner is the parent of CNN, TNT, HBO, the Warner Bros. studio, and other channels and websites.

AT&T, which dates back to the invention of the telephone in 1876, is one of the country’s largest providers of wireless phone and Internet service. It also recently acquired the DirecTV satellite TV business.

The deal will be subject to a review by government regulators that could take more than a year to complete.

AT&T will pay $107.50 a share — a big premium over where Time Warner stock was trading last week.   Including Time Warner’s debt, the deal’s value is $109 billion.

AT&T-Time Warner is a union of programming and distribution.

Executives at the two companies have been in talks for several months.

Word of the possible deal leaked out on Thursday; AT&T executives were said to be eager to finish the talks before the market opens on Monday morning.