Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NBCU Resubmits Info to FCC

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable

A company spokesman confirms that NBCU Tuesday re-submitted information to the FCC in the commission's review of the proposed Comcast joint venture, which means the clock should be re-starting on the FCC's vetting of the deal.

The FCC on June 24 asked both NBCU and Comcast to resubmit their information after it concluded the first answers were incomplete. It also said it was stopping the informal 180-day shot clock on completing its review of the deal, backdated to June 11 (the due date of the original information) until it got the answers it was looking for.

Comcast complied last week. The FCC was seeking a raft of information on everything from a corporate organizational chart to the last four years' worth of contracts for online and on-air video distribution as well as descriptions of negotiations that did not result in deals.

Such a request is not unusual, and in fact a Comcast source said it was a hopeful sign that the data request came relatively early in the process (the FCC began reviewing the deal March 18).

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Testify at Comcast-NBCU Hearing in Chicago
By David Hatch
Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will be the star witness at Thursday's field hearing in the Windy City before the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee on the proposed $30 billion union of Comcast and NBC Universal.

The hearing is expected to focus heavily on the transaction's potential impact on media diversity.
Read CongressDaily's recent coverage here of a controversial group that has not been invited: a minority media coalition backed by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.

Here's the latest witness list:

Samuel R. DeSimone, Jr., General Counsel, EarthLink, Inc.
Shirley Franklin, Executive Senior Adviser, Alliance for Digital Equality
Will Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hip Hop On Demand
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Inc.
Paula Madison, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, NBC Universal
Joseph W. Waz, Jr., Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday, July 8, 2010
WHERE: Everett Dirksen Federal Building - Room 2525
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604

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