Can the TV advertising industry work together to fight off the duopoly? AT&T’s new ad boss, Brian Lesser, thinks so, but TV insiders are torn.
As Business Insider reported a few weeks ago, AT&T has some bold plans for the TV ad industry. The telecom giant, following its recent acquisitions of Time Warner and AppNexus, wants to build a TV ad hub that is used by the entire industry.
That includes competing cable and satellite companies as well as TV networks that aren’t part of the Turner family.
To read more about why TV executives are torn over whether rival media giants will ever be able to collaborate on such an effort, click here.
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