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The Federal Communications Commission is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast Corp., as it reviews the cable giant's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. The agency believes the documentsówhich cover details of the carriage arrangements between Comcast and TV channel ownersócontain information that would be relevant in its review, according to a person familiar with the matter. Media companies, though, are pushing back. Though many of them would like to see the FCC put in place strict conditions on a deal to restrain Comcast's market power, they don't want to reveal details of their contracts with the cable giant, fearing that would give competitors an advantage. Officials from several media companies, including CBS Corp. , 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Discovery Communications Inc., Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc., met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice their "grave concerns" about releasing "certain highly confidential materials," according to a regulatory filing. (21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal-owner News Corp were part of the same company until last year.)

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