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Programmers Seek Court Stay Of FCC Contracts Call

Say Move Eviscerates Standard of Careful Review
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As expected, major content companies have gone to court to try and get an emergency stay of the FCC's decision to allow hundreds of third parties to access sensitive programming contract information and work product—memos, emails—as part of the FCC's vetting of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV deals.

The petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which was filed Nov. 11, was actually an appeal of the Media Bureau decision, not the full FCC vote to confirm that decision, which came Monday after the companies had already filed the court papers, according to a content company source speaking on background.

Joining in the petition were CBS, Scripps Networks Interactive, Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, Univision and Viacom.

They will have to be tweaked to address the full commission decision, which the source suggested was rushed and needs a longer look than the couple of hours that dissenting commissioner Ajit Pai said he got before having to cast a vote. But the the basis of the stay request remains the same.

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