Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that it sold its 15.8 percent stake in A&E Television Networks L.L.C. for $3.025 billion in cash.
The purchaser was A&E and enables Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp. to share 50-50 ownership in the TV programmer, whose hit shows include Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and American Pickers.
Comcast acquired its stake in A&E through NBCUniversal, which it controls in a joint venture with General Electric. The $3 billion will remain with NBCUniversal, which can use it for business purposes.