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Who’s Owned by Whom

Jul 14, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Ownership structures of some high-profile cable channels
* A&E Television Networks (includes A&E and History Channel): Hearst 37.5 percent; Walt Disney Co. 37.5 percent; NBC 25 percent; Launch date: February 1984; Subscribers: 85 million
* Court TV AOL Time Warner 50 percent; Liberty Media 50 percent; Launch date: July 1991; Subscribers: 80 million
* Discovery Communications (includes Discovery Channel): Liberty Media 49 percent; Cox Communications 24 percent; Advance/ Newhouse 24 percent; Discovery Communications CEO John Hendricks 3 percent; Launch date: June 1985; Subscribers: 86.9 million
* E! Networks A Disney and Comcast joint venture (in which Comcast holds a 50.1 percent stake, while Disney holds a 49.9 percent stake) owns 79.2 percent; AT&T affiliates 20.8 percent; Launch date: June 1990; Subscribers: 80 million
* ESPN Disney 80 percent; Hearst 20 percent; Launch date: September 1979; Subscribers: 87 million
* Game Show Network Sony Pictures Entertainment 50 percent; Liberty Media 50 percent; Launch date: December 1984; Subscribers: 50 million
* Lifetime Disney 50 percent; Hearst 50 percent; Launch date: February 1984; Subscribers: 86 million