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[$$] Media Mogul John Malone Questions Mergers of ‘Apples and Oranges’

Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. have made audacious moves to become media distribution and content conglomerates, but one of the industry’s most powerful players is skeptical of that approach and doesn’t plan to follow suit: cable tycoon John Malone. In an interview this week, Mr. Malone, a pioneer of the cable industry who owns significant stakes in No. 2 U.S. cable operator Charter Communications and cable-channel owner Discovery Inc., said he doesn’t plan to consolidate his empire into a vertically integrated content and distribution player any time soon. “Why would I put Discovery together with Charter?