NEW YORK – Comcasts NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.
Comcast Corp., which owns 15.8 percent of A&E, said Tuesday that it will sell its stake to Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., its partners in the A&E joint venture.
The company said in May that it had exercised an option requiring Disney and Hearst to buy back a significant portion of their ownership in A&E.
A&E channels include the History Channel, Lifetime, Biography as well as its namesake network.
Comcast, a cable company based in Philadelphia, has a controlling interest in NBCUniversal and plans to acquire the remaining 49 percent stake held by General Electric Co.
Hearst is one of the largest media companies in the U.S., owning newspapers, magazines, 29 TV stations and holding a 20 percent stake in sports network ESPN. Disney owns the rest of ESPN.