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AT&T Mulls Sale Of HBO Europe In Efforts To Pay Down $170 Bln Debt: FT

AT&T Inc. (T) has held internal discussions about selling TV network HBO's European unit as part of its efforts to cut $170 billion debt load, the Financial Times reported citing several current and former senior executives.

AT&T acquired HBO, the maker of Game of Thrones, last year in $80 billion deal. FT reported that HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler and Chief Revenue Officer Simon Sutton departed after the deal due to discord between the Texas-based telecoms company and its New York-based media executives.

HBO Europe is one of a number of assets AT&T has considered selling. HBO Europe, which has about 200 employees, is considered a prized asset by several executives at AT&T and WarnerMedia, the report said.

HBO has operated in Europe for decades, licensing its programming to local broadcasters and pay-TV companies across more than 20 countries. HBO also has divisions in Latin America and Asia.

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