After being usurped by Comcast to acquire all of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications managed to save face by inking a deal to buy and swap some cable systems with Comcast in a complex, three-step, roughly $20 billion deal. As a result, Charter, whose biggest shareholder is cable industry pioneer John Malone, will become the second-largest cable distributor in the country, trailing only the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable.
Charting A New Course
Cable company Charter Communications, in which John Malone's Liberty Media holds a 27% stake, made an unsolicited $61.3 billion bid for larger rival Time Warner Cable. The move marked the beginning of what is expected to be a protracted battle that could reshape the nation's cable landscape.