Diller, Malone to testify on Hill

Sparks may fly on Capitol Hill Thursday at a hearing on the subject of media megamergers in which both QVC topper Barry Diller and Tele-Communications Inc. chieftain John Malone will testify.

Setting for the event will be Sen. Howard Metzenbaum’s (D-Ohio) Senate antitrust subcommittee.

Metzenbaum, a leading cable TV basher in Congress, has also been critical of the recent spate of announcements involving cable/telephone company alliances. He’s expected to use the forum to extract pledges from Malone that the merged Bell Atlantic/TCI venture won’t squelch competition in the two industries.

Other witnesses who will testify include Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), who has spoken out favorably in support of the Bell Atlantic/TCI deal, and Henry Geller, a D.C. public interest lawyer.

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