Rupert Murdoch may be kicking the tires on a deal to buy CNN.
The 21st Century Fox chairman has called AT&T’s CEO twice in the past six months offering to buy CNN, Reuters reported Friday, citing sources.
Murdoch, 86, phoned AT&T chief Randall Stephenson on May 16 and again on Aug. 8, both times asking if CNN was for sale, according to one source.
Stephenson twice said the cable channel was not on the table.
Another source, however, told Reuters that Murdoch has “zero interest” in acquiring CNN.
CNN, which President Trump has derided as “fake news” – while praising Murdoch’s Fox News – is at the center of AT&T’s $ 85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner.
The Justice Department has recommended AT&T sell Time Warner’s broadcasting unit – which includes CNN – to get antitrust approval.