Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has had a lot of time to think about his company’s proposed $85 billion sale to AT&T; it was announced in the fall but it still hasn’t closed.
So on Wednesday at the Code Conference, he did his best to explain to Recode’s Peter Kafka the rationale behind it. One key piece? More customer data, which Bewkes believes will help his company compete better with the Googles and Facebooks of the world.
Bewkes also discussed his views on the campaign coverage President Donald Trump received on CNN, which Time Warner owns, as well as the future of the cable bundle as we know it today.
You can watch the full interview here:
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.