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EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen and CFO Michael McDonnell signed-off on documents certifying the accuracy of the company's financial statements, according to filings sent Wednesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hughes CEO Jack Shaw and CFO Michael J. Gaines also certified their statements.

In addition to the satellite companies requiring sworn statements, other media companies made the SEC deadline. Among those forwarding statements: AT&T, which controls No. 1 cable operator AT&T Broadband, Comcast, Cox and Disney.

There were others that didn't make the deadline, or at least their sworn statements didn't make it to the SEC Web site.

But it may not be entirely their fault. Given that requirements to sign-off on financial statements is a new process, figuring out who has and who hasn't missed the deadline is complicating the SEC's efforts. Reports said there will be a lag time between the arrival of the statements by fax and overnight mail at the commission and their posting on the SEC Web site.

Companies also can request a five-day extension beginning today if they don't meet the deadline. The extension requests should show up in SEC filings today.

One company that said it wouldn't file a sworn statement: bankrupt cable operator Adelphia.

There are 947 companies with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion that must file the sworn statements. About 250 of those companies can wait until November at the latest because of non-calendar fiscal years.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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