Ky. cable shake-up as Comcast sells some systems to Charter

PHILADELPHIA (AP/WKYT) - In the ever-changing world of cable television mega mergers, plans now call for Time Warner Cable's operations in Kentucky to be sold off to Charter Communications.

Time Warner Cable is the dominant player in Kentucky owning cable systems in Lexington, Louisville, and in many other communities in central and southern Kentucky.

Comcast announced Monday it plans to sell some of its newly-acquired Time Warner Cable systems to competitor Charter Communications Inc. The move is expected to help Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable clear regulatory hurdles.

Comcast is also creating and spinning off a new publicly traded cable provider that will serve about 2.5 million of its existing customers. Charter will form a new holding company that will have an approximately 33 percent stake in the Comcast spinoff.

In February Comcast Corp.'s $45.2 billion bid topped Charter's offer for Time Warner Cable Inc.

Comcast said Monday that the combined company will divest systems to Charter, resulting in an approximately 3.9 million video customer reduction.

Once the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal closes, Charter will acquire about 1.4 million existing Time Warner Cable subscribers. Charter and Comcast will also each transfer about 1.6 million customers to the new company.

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