NBC Owner Comcast Faces FCC Complaint

Apr 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Comcast was accused in a complaint filed by Bloomberg with the Federal Communications Commission of favoring its own cable news networks, escalating a dispute between the two companies, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.

The filing accuses Comcast of violating an FCC condition of its purchase of NBCUniversal by failing to place Bloomberg’s cable channel in the same "neighborhood" as Comcast’s CNBC and MSNBC, the piece notes.

Bloomberg’s complaint states that Comcast created two cable news "neighborhoods" in Florida and Georgia and excluded Bloomberg Television from the grouping, the story says.

Comcast said Bloomberg "continues to willfully misrepresent the ‘neighborhooding’ condition in the FCC’s Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction," the story says.

A representative for the cable company noted, "With respect to CNBC and Bloomberg, they’re in the same places as before we owned NBC and long before we considered owning NBC, and that’s based on CNBC being around a lot longer than Bloomberg," according to the piece.

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