NBC Affiliates Noticeably Quiet on Comcast-NBC Deal

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable provider, has long played hardball with competitors and content providers. Now that it is seeking control of NBC Universal in a $30 billion transaction, those competitors are piping up, expressing fears that Comcast will use its consolidated power to favor its own content and squeeze out rivals.

But one group has been noticeably silent: local television broadcasters.


The owners of local stations are worried that if Comcast owned NBC, its market power would hurt competing stations and drive down the prices that those cable companies pay to retransmit local programs, potentially reshaping the local TV landscape. More…