Coalition of the Unwilling: Comcast/NBCU Critics Unite
21 groups including Bloomberg, Writers Guild join to oppose merger
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/8/2010 10:37:38 AM
The coalition of 21 organizations, which says it opposes the deal "as proposed," comprises a host of familiar deal critics including Free Press, Bloomberg, Media Access Project, the Parents Television Council, and the Writers Guilds East and West.
That group ranges from ones that outright oppose the merger to those who are seeking conditions like access to online content and carve-outs for independent programming.
In a letter to Subcommittee Chair Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and subcommittee member Bobby Rush of Chicago (D-Ill.), the groups play off the title of the Chicago hearing, "Comcast and NBC Universal: Who Benefits?," to answer that question: "Not the American consumer; not small businesses; not media industry workers; not the cause of diversity in programming; and not the ongoing effort to build a more competitive media industry."
The coalition says the merger's "threats" need to be "mitigated through energetic applications of the government's regulatory authority."
The group has also launched a Web site, http://www.competitioninmedia.org/.
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