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Waters Praises Comcast For Adding Minority Networks

Comcast has gotten a shout-out from one of the biggest Hill critics of its NBCUniversal joint venture.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Wednesday praised the cable operator's addition of four new minority-owned cable nets, saying the company "has taken steps to honor its commitment to media diversity in programming and ownership," she said in a statement.

Adding the nets were among Comcast's voluntary conditions on the deal, conditions Waters had pushed hard for.
Waters also said that she hoped Comcast would provide the same kind of channel placement and marketing and promotional muscle -- and channel placement -- they provided other channels, and that other companies will follow Comcast-NBCU's lead in diversifying its suppliers, which were also voluntary conditions.

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.