Allbritton Goes to Battle Over Comcast-NBCU Deal

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

A small but very influential media company has become a thorn in the side of Comcast Corp. as the cable giant tries to get regulatory approval for its proposed purchase of NBC Universal through lawmakers and regulators.

After sitting on the sidelines for much of the Federal Communication Commission’s review of the deal, Allbritton Communications — whose holdings include WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate; NewsChannel 8, a local cable news network; and Politico, the website and newspaper whose readership includes just about every political player inside the Beltway — is using its clout to voice concerns about a Comcast-NBC Universal union. More…