Comcast-NBCU Emphasize Local News in FCC Pitch


By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Broadcasting & Cable

Comcast sign With a lengthy pitch on the public interest value of creating a new content-focused joint venture that will boost quantity, quality, diversity and “local focus,” Comcast, NBC Universal and General Electric jointly filed a merger application/public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission Thursday (Jan 28), launching what will likely be an almost year-long review.

That followed the filing earlier in the week with the Justice Department, which will look at competitive issues only. The FCC’s review goes beyond competition to look at the public interest impact of the deal, hence the lengthy filing (136 pages) accompanying the request for transfer of various cable and broadcast licenses. The $30 billion deal will also get scrutiny on Capitol Hill in hearings beginning next week.

The document lays out the public interest benefits in terms of the FCC’s four key interests: localism, diversity, competition and innovation. More…