As expected, Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts and NBCU President/CEO
Jeff Zucker will be headlining the House Communications and Internet
Subcommittee hearing Feb. 4 on their deal, according to a witness list released
by the committee. The two companies Thursday (Jan. 28) filed their proposed $30
billion merger with the FCC.
Also on the list for the Feb. 4 hearing are Dr. Mark Cooper
of the Consumer Federation of America, NBC Affiliate Board Chairman Michael
Fiorile, Progress & Freedom Foundation President Adam Thierer, and Colleen
Abdoulah, president and CEO of WoW! Internet, Cable & Phone.
Look for Roberts and Zucker to stick around for an afternoon
hearing in the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee on the deal.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.