As part of a plan to ease concerns in the Latino community about diversity, Comcast said it will add a Latino to its board of directors after its merger with NBC Universal is completed, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
The appointment, to be made within 24 months of the deal’s completion, would mark one of several diversity initiatives, the article says. Comcast and NBC pledged to add more Latinos to their employee bases, carry more independent channels and increase business with Latino-owned vendors. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, which had been critical of Comcast since the deal was announced, signed a letter of support in favor of the pledges, the story says.
Separately, Comcast says it has resubmitted data about the proposed NBCU takeover to the Federal Communications Commission after the agency said the companies hadn’t provided complete responses to a May request for information, B&C reports.
As previously reported, the FCC had placed the brakes on its process for vetting the Comcast-NBCU merger after the companies submitted incomplete data. While Comcast has resubmitted its data, NBC is expected to do so in the next few days, B&C reports. A spokeswoman from the FCC told B&C that the clock on the vetting process will begin again after the FCC receives information from both companies. Comcast’s resubmitted information reclassifies some previous confidential documents as non-confidential, the story says.