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ACA Comments On FCC Ruling To Free News Corp.

Agency Will Allow Current Arbitrations To Continue

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2009 -  The American Cable Association issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to remove merger conditions from News Corp. that were applied when the company acquired a controlling interest in DirecTV Group Inc. in 2003.

"Although we are disappointed that the Commission decided to lift the consumer friendly conditions prior to the previously adopted January 2010 sunset, the American Cable Association applauded the FCC for insisting that ACA members that had filed formal demands or provided notice to commence arbitration with News Corp. through today would retain their rights under the News Corp.-Hughes/DirecTV order approved in 2003," ACA president and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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