Sen. Franken to Comcast, NBC execs: merger no laughing matter- ars technica
Comcast and NBC Universal didn’t get a whole lot of love at Thursday’s emotional Senate and House hearings on their proposed merger. But company representatives did get plenty of questions. At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl cracked no smiles as he ran through four “principal areas of concern” about the deal: potential programming price hikes, loss of free over-the-air TV content, hobbling independent programmers, and weakening Internet TV.
“It is essential that you explain to us and the American public how the creation of this media conglomerate will serve the interests of the American people, not just the interests of your companies,” Kohl grimly demanded of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCU President Jeff Zucker as they prepared to make their case.