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Two Warner Bros. Discovery Directors Resign after Justice Department Expresses Antitrust Concerns

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs
Antitrust Division Continues to Focus on Competitors Sharing Company Directors in Violation of Section 8 of the Clayton Act

The Justice Department announced today that two directors of Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. (WBD) have resigned from the WBD board after the Antitrust Division expressed concerns that their positions on both the WBD and Charter Communications Inc. boards violated Section 8 of the Clayton Act (Section 8). Section 8, which Congress made a per se violation of the antitrust laws, prohibits the same person or company from serving simultaneously on the boards of competitors, subject to limited exceptions. The division’s enforcement efforts to date have unwound or prevented interlocks involving at least two dozen companies.

Charter, through its Spectrum cable service, and WBD, including through its Max streaming subscription services, both provide video distribution services to customers. Representatives of the privately-held media company Advance Publications Inc. (Advance) had designees on both Charter’s and WBD’s boards of directors.

“Today’s announcement is a win for consumers,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michael Kades of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “In enacting Section 8 of the Clayton Act, Congress was concerned that competitors who shared directors would compete less vigorously to provide better services and lower prices. We will continue to vigorously enforce the antitrust laws when necessary to address overreach by corporations and their designated agents.”

WBD is a Delaware multimedia corporation headquartered in New York. Among other things, it produces, licenses and distributes films and television programs, operates domestic and international television networks and provides premium pay television and streaming services.

Charter is a Delaware telecommunications and media company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. It provides cable television, internet and telephone services through its Spectrum brand and operates numerous news and sports networks.

Anyone with information about potential interlocking directorates or any other potential violations of the antitrust laws is encouraged to contact the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center at 1- 888-647-3258 or

Updated April 1, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-380