UPDATE 1-U.S. probing Comcast’s role in ‘spot’ cable ad sales marketplace – WSJ

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The document, which is known as a civil investigative demand, indicates that the Justice department’s antitrust division is probing whether Comcast’s cable ad sales, as nicely as its deals to represent rival pay Tv providers’ ad sales, are hindering competition. (on.wsj.com/1HkGWFE)

The investigation is examining “monopolization or attempted monopolization” of the “spot” cable ad sales business in areas where Comcast offers service, WSJ reported, citing the document.

The document also indicates that the government is examining whether Comcast’s ad deals with pay Tv rivals are an unlawful restraint of trade, the Journal said.

The DoJ is also requesting additional data from firms in the market, including Comcast, WSJ said, citing folks familiar with the matter.

Representatives of the DoJ and Comcast have been not quickly available for comment. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Anil D’Silva)

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