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In the SLOW lane? We open with Josh Silver @ Save the Internet on the NBC/Comcast merger Comcastrophe You should be afraid and mad as hell. The new Comcast will control an obscene number of media outlets, including the NBC broadcast network, numerous cable channels, two dozen local NBC and Telemundo stations, movie studios, online video portals, and the physical network that distributes that media content to millions of Americans through Internet and cable connections. Why should you care about a business deal between a couple of companies? This merger will touch all corners of the media market, and you won't be immune. Comcast will jack up the prices that other cable and online distributers pay for NBC content, and those prices will be passed to you. That means higher cable and Internet bills, even if you don't subscribe to Comcast. ... While pushing through this deal, the FCC chair completely ignored the lack of competition in the Internet service provider market. ... And it will only be a matter of time before more companies follow Comcast's lead and start pursuing new mergers. The FCC's blessing of Comcast and NBC will embolden companies like AT&T or Verizon, to try to gobble up content providers such as Disney and CBS, creating a new era of media consolidation where even fewer companies control the content you watch and all the ways you want to watch it.

    Obama On Net Neutrality "I'm a big believer in Net Neutrality. I campaigned on this. I continue to be a strong supporter of it. My FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has indicated that he shares the view that we've got to keep the Internet open, that we don't want to create a bunch of gateways that prevent somebody who doesn't have a lot of money but has a good idea from being able to start their next YouTube or their next Google on the Internet… This is something we're committed to. We're getting pushback, obviously, from some of the bigger carriers who would like to be able to charge more fees and extract more money from wealthier customers. But we think that runs counter to the whole spirit of openness that has made the Internet such a powerful engine for not only economic growth, but also for the generation of ideas and creativity." President Obama Youtube interview February 01, 2010
And we can all THANK pResident Big Dawg for passing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which brought us the likes of Clear Channel Communications (CCC) going from 43 radio & 16 teevee stations in 1994 to over one thousand stations, billboards and Live Nation (yes that same Live Nation that just merged with TicketMaster ... more stories HERE). Then On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced plans to go private, being bought out by two private-equity firms, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners for $18.7 billion, which is just under a 10 percent premium above its closing price of $35.36 a share on November 16 (the deal values Clear Channel at $37.60 per share).[6][7] The new ownership of Clear Channel has also announced that all of its TV stations were for sale, as well as 448 radio stations that were outside of the top 100 markets.[8] All of the TV stations and 161 of the radio stations were sold to Providence Equity Partners, a private-equity firm, on April 23, 2007, pending FCC approval.[9] (wiki). Some of you might recognize BAIN CAPITAL as MITT "Max Headroom" ROMNEY's old digs, eh? BAIN was successful in that CCC filed for bankruptcy in early 2010, as reported by Reuters Clear Channel restructuring 'inevitable'-Moody's: The company will still face a critical hurdle in 2016, when about $13.8 billion of debt comes due, and leverage is expected to remain too high to attract more investment and refinance the debt, Moody's said. "It is clear under our assumptions for operating improvement and valuation multiples that the company's debt levels are unmanageable and unrefinancable," the rating agency said. A spokesman for Bain Capital declined comment. ... Even though it will likely begin to generate modest free cash flow in 2013, it is not expected to be able to refinance about $3.7 billion of debt due in 2014 with cash on hand, Moody's said. Too bad about CCC. But what about all the people who worked at all those stations? Many of the "448 radio stations that were outside of the top 100 markets", mostly low-power AM stations, that were sold per the BAIN private-equity model got gobbled up by religious "organizations" or now broadcast (surprise!) Fox Sports Radio. But we digress. Did you hear Keith Olbermann, the controversial MSNBC cable news host, has his contract abruptly terminated by parent company NBC
    Bizarrely, nearly half an hour later during an ad break in the following programme, MSNBC showed a station promo featuring Olbermann. But the promo was interrupted halfway through by a mattress advertisment.
DOPEaddict comments Comcast has scored its first bullseye. Eliminating KO is only the first shot in its project of homogenization of NBC's news dept. Now every network & cable news channell will only repeat the company (White House) line -- "all praise neoliberalism & austerity!" No dissent will be allowed. And while KO's liberal, he's hardly what anyone (except the famously ignorant American audience) would call "left." Any & all dissenting voices will soon be silenced, as the empire goes out with a whimper, not a bang. You can vent at DU's Joanne98 post FUCK COMCAST. Meanwhile William Daley, President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff, filed a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission today to sell 186,190 shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. that he valued at almost $8.3 million. Then seeSeymour Hersh telling like it is. GO WATCH Churchill Club presents: WikiLeaks: Why It Matters. Why It Doesn't? We're out of time! The Brick TeeVee crew sez "Good Night and Good Luck" to KO as the corporomedia lurches rightward evermore.

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