Comcast May Be Required to Sell Some NBC Stations to Gain U.S. Government Approval for NBC Universal Purchase

Jul 23, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Comcast may be required to sell some NBC television stations to receive U.S. government approval for buying NBC Universal, reports Bloomberg News, citing antitrust analysts. 

Comcast could also need to agree to independent arbitration to settle pricing disagreements, the story says. That and selling stations may be among the remedies sought by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission or Justice Department to ease concerns about the effect the deal will have on the television market. The FCC and Justice Department declined to comment, the story says.

Bloomberg LP, which owns Bloomberg News, has asked the FCC to ensure its cable-news channel is located on Comcast’s line-up near other business networks, the story adds.

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