Comcast Not a Partner in RightNetwork

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By Chris Ariens Comment

RN_4.19.gifYou may have seen the reports about NBCU suitor Comcast partnering with RightNetwork, which is set to launch this summer.

After the original report in Crooks & Liars, and its pick-up around the web including King Drudge, Comcast responded: “We have no partnership with this venture and have no plans to launch or distribute the network. As we have done with hundreds of other content providers, we have met with the network’s representatives.”

In his first story for Yahoo!, former Politico-er Michael Calderone writes:

Recently, there’s been speculation that Comcast – which is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes MSNBC – might someday launch a right-leaning political network. Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen didn’t rule it out in a December interview.

Although Comcast, as a company, does not have any deal with RightNetwork, a top executive is playing a role in the network’s development.

Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns sports franchises including the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers, talks up the network in the company overview.”We’re creating a welcome place for millions and millions of Americans who’ve been looking for an entertainment network and media channel that reflects their point-of-view,” he says.

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