AT&T settles Byron Allen’s racial discrimination claim
Media mogul Byron Allen filed a 10 billion dollar discrimination lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV when the companies refused to provide distribution for his channels. That lawsuit, filed in 2014, has now been settled, with DirecTV and U-Verse picking up seven channels from Allen’s Entertainment Studios.
As reported by Variety, DirecTV began carriage of Entertainment Studios’ Comedy.TV and Justice Central.TV early this week. U-verse has added Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, ES.TV, MyDestination.TV, Cars TV and Pets TV; U-verse was already carrying Justice Central.TV.
Spokespeople for all parties involved only commented that, “The matter has been resolved.”
This stands as a major victory for Allen, a comedian turned businessman who is the sole owner of Entertainment Studios.
Allen claimed in his lawsuit that Black-owned media was being shut out of distribution opportunities.
Allen has filed a similar discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable.