Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The FCC has approved the Comcast-NBCU union with conditions, though Michael Copps dissented and opposition still continues. Joe Flint also outlines the Justice Department's approval with conditions. A big issue in the conditions is concern over online video, hence the DoJ condition that Comcast can't have a managing interest in Hulu (though it can have an economic one). Peter Kafka says cord cutters won't be helped. Free Press objects to this ownership concentration, while on the other political side, Republican Fred Upton thinks the FCC is overreaching with its regulatory moves here. Bloomberg will benefit from one condition. Will Richmond sees this as a blessing of the cable model. The FCC has also imposed a condition requiring NBC O&Os to air additional local programming. Katy Bachman looks at how Comcast overcame one objection.