FCC’s Proposed Conditions for Comcast/NBCU Raise Concerns at Disney

Jan 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed conditions for approving Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal have raised concerns at Walt Disney Co., reports our friend Joe Flint at the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

A regulatory filing disclosed that Susan Fox, a vice president of government relations for Disney, talked on Wednesday with two senior staff members of FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, the story says. The filing noted that the conversation focused on the conditions relating to how Comcast operates in the online video marketplace, the article says, though it didn’t detail specifics.

That’s something that has concerned competitors, lawmakers and media watchdogs, who are worried that the merged entity will have an unfair edge by combining Comcast’s cable and Internet distribution system with NBC Universal’s TV shows and movies, the article adds. 

The article says that  "until now, Disney had kept very quiet about the Comcast – NBC Universal deal." Fox couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, the story says.

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