For Immediate Release
Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838
Free Press Joins Bloomberg, CWA and Others to Urge the Government to Stop Comcast’s Takeover of NBC Universal
WASHINGTON - Today,
Free Press, Bloomberg LP., Communications Workers of America and other
public interest, consumer and business groups objected to Comcast’s
proposed takeover of NBC Universal in a letter to the Justice
Department and the Federal Communications Commission. If the deal is
approved, the combined company would include the NBC broadcast network,
10 NBC owned-and-operated TV stations, the Telemundo broadcast network,
16 owned-and-operated Spanish language TV stations, Internet
properties, exclusive rights to the Olympic games, regional sports
networks, television and movie studios, as well as an ownership stake
in a slew of cable channels, including MSNBC, the USA Network and E!.
Thousands of Free Press activists have sent in comments to the FCC,
asking the agency to stop the takeover. Free Press will be filing
comments opposing the merger late today.
Free Press President and CEO Josh Silver said:
“If the Comcast-NBC deal goes through, it would be one of the largest
media mergers in a generation, leaving Americans with even higher cable
bills and fewer diverse, independent choices on the dial. Approval of
the deal would be business as usual in Washington, letting the largest
companies have their way at the public’s expense. It’s the same kind of
industry-friendly regulatory approach that led to the oil spill and the
“The deal is especially bad for people who live in the 12 markets where
Comcast is the dominant cable and Internet provider and where NBC has a
local television station. It would consolidate far too much media power
in one company, with dangerous ramifications for local news,
competition and advertising. A merged Comcast/NBC would control a
massive amount of content – on broadcast TV, cable TV and the Internet.
Comcast/NBC would control one in every five hours of television viewing.
“The proposed merger also threatens competition and innovation in new
forms of online video delivery, like Hulu.com. If the merger is
approved, Comcast could prioritize its own online content and stifle
the free flow of Internet traffic, giving you less choice in what you
watch and how you watch it online.”
List of letter signers:
Communications Workers of America
Media Access Project
The National Association of Independent Networks, NAIN
The National Coalition of African American Owned Media (NCAAOM)
National Consumers League
The Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO)
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
Writers’ Guild, West
Visit www.freepress.net/comcast for more information.
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