Senator Ramps Up Effort to Block Comcast-NBCU Deal

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

Comcast/NBCU deal critic Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote the FCC commissioners Tuesday telling them they should nix the proposed deal and that it would not be in the public interest “no matter how many conditions were attached.”

Essentially his opposition boiled down to allowing another big media company to get bigger, particularly given evolving distribution models that the new company could exert control over. “The sale of NBCU to Comcast would create an enormously powerful, vertically integrated media conglomerate, causing irreparable damage to the American media landscape… We do not need another conglomerate with control over the production and distribution of sports news and entertainment.” More…