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Comcast-NBC Universal: Complete Coverage

Get the latest news and analysis from B&C. 12/02/2009 11:40:40 AM Eastern

Comcast Corp.'s deal with General Electric to acquire a
controlling 51% stake in NBC Universal effectively transforms the multiple
system operator into a film and TV content powerhouse--and represents a seismic
shift in the TV landscape. From Wall Street and Washington
to Hollywood
and the local station business, B&C brings you full-spectrum news
and analysis.

TOP STORIES

0503_CV_Seacrest.jpgComcast-NBCU
Entertainment News Synergies Abound

Don't expect to see E! News host Ryan Seacrest filling in for Brian Williams on
the NBC Nightly News anytime soon. But Comcast's controlling interest in
General Electric's NBC Universal comes with opportunity for new synergies among
the companies' news and infotainment brands.

Left Coast Bias: 10 Things to
Watch About Comcast-NBCU

First came the deal, now comes the waiting. As the mega-merger between
Comcast and NBCU goes through its process, here are 10 things I'm wondering
about.

Editorial: Let's Make a Deal
To paraphrase one of the zillion comments that followed the announcement of the Comcast-NBCU deal: The sky isn't falling.

Madison Ave.'s Wish List for
Comcast-NBCU

Speed up addressable advertising; fix the network

Copps Says Comcast-NBCU
Deal Has 'Steep Climb'

FCC, Commissioner Michael Copps said the Comcast-NBCU deal proves wrong those
who have argued the era of media consolidation was a thing of the past.

NBC
Affiliates Cautiously Pleased With New Network Parent

Hope Comcast can goose wheezing Peacock primetime

House Judiciary To
Hold Hearings

Joins House Energy & Commerce Committee in holding hearings on the
acquisition

Comcast Deal For NBCU Is All
About Cable

Comcast senior management told Wall Street analysts that their deal for NBCU is
about taking a bigger share of the recession-proof growth story that is cable
content.

NBC
Affiliates Cautiously Pleased With New Network Parent

Hope Comcast can goose wheezing Peacock primetime

Roberts Says Hulu,
TV Everywhere Are Complimentary

On conference call, Zucker declines to comment on Hulu sub or pay model

ACA:
Comcast/NBCU Conditions Are 'Band-Aid On Ax Wound'

Polka calls for broad government intervention to prevent price hikes, limited
choices

Waxman Calls For Hearings On
Comcast/NBCU

House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman wants hearings "at the
earliest practicable date."

Comcast-NBCU:
Opposition Lines Up

Comcast outlines promises to make deal more palatable to regulators

Comcast,
G.E. Announce Deal on NBCU

NBCU chief Jeff Zucker to lead new joint venture, reporting to Comcast COO
Steve Burke

Comcast's
Cable Channels Worth $7 Billion, Say Comcast and GE

Comcast stock up 2% in advance of impending deal

Report: GE and
Vivendi Agree On Value Of NBCU Stake

Value Vivendi's 20% stake at $5.8 billion

Chester
Asks That Consumer Privacy Be Addressed in Any Comcast/NBCU Review

Center For Digital Democracy exec. director urges FTC, FCC to safeguard Net

Genachowski Mum on NBCU/Comcast
Chairman says he won't comment on potential "hurdles or concerns"

Gray TV Chief Says
Comcast Might Be Good for NBC

Gray TV President/COO Robert Prather says network went "cheap" on
'Leno'

ANALYSIS:
Comcast/NBCU May Create More M&A Activity

Wall Street eyes new conglom as potential buyer and seller

A
Comcast-Backed Telemundo Could Grow Hispanic TV Marketplace

Comcast's imminent deal to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal may change
the balance of power in the Hispanic TV world and possibly give a boost to the
operator's efforts to sell its services to the Hispanic community.

ADVERSE: Comcast-NBCU: Oh, the Drama!
As we wait for word that the deal nearly everyone has pronounced inevitable has
indeed been done, let's take a moment to observe how much this M&A has
played out like a marriage plot in a novel or stage farce.

BUSINESS & DEALS

Vivendi: No Decision Yet on NBCU
Stake

Vivendi CFO Philippe Capron speaks out amid speculation that Comcast-G.E. deal
will be done by Nov. 23

FATES &
FORTUNES: Zucker Looking Like a Lock to Head New Comcast-GE Venture

Reuters is reporting what we've been hearing for a while now: Comcast and GE
have agreed to keep NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker on as head of the two
companies' proposed joint venture.

Comcast Mum on NBCU in Q3
Earnings Call

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts declines to "comment on rumors" as cable
programming unit posts 10% revenue pop

BC BEAT:
Comcast/NBC U Domain DÃÆ'©jÃÆ'  vu

Since I noted the problem of website cyber-squatting as it relates to the NBC
Universal-Comcast acquisition two weeks ago, the deal has marched slowly
forward, while the name of the new venture remains a mystery.

OnScreen
Media Summit: Reif Cohen Likes Comcast-NBCU Deal

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch media analyst says potential deal could create
"incredible" value for cable giant

Time Warner
Stock Gains; Comcast Falls Following NBCU News

TW investors' fears of a major acquisition allayed

ADVERSE: Wall
Street blows Hot and Cold on Comcast/NBCU Tie-Up

Wall Street analysts spent yesterday chewing down on the news of a possible
Comcast deal for a 51% stake in a new NBC Universal entity. Here's our round-up
of those notes to investors from the most negative to the most positive

Comcast/GE Discussing
Joint NBC Universal Venture

The new company would be majority controlled by Comcast which would own a 51%
stake in NBC Universal versus General Electric's 49%

WASHINGTON

"Seattle Times' Disses Potential NBCU/Comcast
Merger

In an editorial, the paper called it an arrangement "made for
mischief" and urged federal regulators to block it if the deal does indeed
get done.

Interest
Groups Speak Out Against Impending Comcast/NBCU Meld

Media Access Project, Free Press among those opposed

Malone:
Key to NBCU-Comcast Deal Is What Government, Affiliates Want

Liberty Media chairman says broadcast network model is broken, needs to be
"subsidized"

Free Press
Launches Online Campaign To Block Comcast/NBCU

Says supporters of the deal do not understand the antitrust implications

Analysts
Say a Comcast/NBCU Deal Would Likely Pass Government Muster

Stifel Nicolaus advisory says potential Comcast/General Electric joint venture
would face close scrutiny from DOJ, FTC

Comcast/NBCU: D.C.
Hurdles, But No Roadblocks

With Comcast and GE said to be in talk to to join forces in a new company
pooling GE's NBC Universal assets and controlled (51%) by Comcast, a long-form review
of the deal would have to take place at the FCC.

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