AT&T Unwinds Billions’ Worth of Deal-Making

Spinning out WarnerMedia and merging it with Discovery caps a reversal on years of big acquisitions.

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Sarah Kessler, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni

AT&T is unwinding its biggest deal

AT&T just announced that it will combine its WarnerMedia division — the home of HBO and CNN, built from its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner in 2016 — with Discovery, which runs channels like HGTV and the Food Network. The announcement is a stark sign that the aggressive dealmaking that transformed AT&T into a debt-heavy conglomerate hasn’t paid off.

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