CNBC Reports On Parent Company’s Fate

By Chris Ariens 

You may have seen the reports in the Wall Street Journal and in Broadcasting & Cable today about NBC Universal, specifically the 20% not owned by General Electric. When NBC bought the theme parks and TV & film studios from Vivendi in 2003 the French company kept 20% of the merged entity. It has the right to sell the stake later this year.

CNBC’s David Faber has been reporting on what might happen. On he writes, “Every signal is that Vivendi will say it wants out, though it has yet to inform GE of any decision, according to people familiar with the situation.”

B&C opines on the likely scenarios, but whatever happens won’t mean much for the network’s news division and cable news channels, at least in the near term.


So for now, Faber and his CNBC colleagues will continue to report on what might happen to their parent company. Although he isn’t getting much help from 30 Rock. He closed his story with, “NBC officials declined all comment for this report.”