Affiliate Groups OK With Comcast/NBCU


A Comcast spokesperson confirms that the non-NBC affiliates have filed comments at the Federal Communications Commission in support of its joint venture with NBC Universal subject to the cable giant's promises of fair dealing in retrans negotiations relative to the broadcaster's stations it would own.
The comments were first reported by TVNewsCheck.

That sign-off follows on the heels of the NBC affiliates agreement with Comcast to support the deal subject to conditions relating to sports programing, retrans and not bypassing the stations for cable delivery of network programming.
The non-NBC affiliates were chiefly concerned about retransmission consent since Comcast will own one of their chief competitors.

Comcast has also promised to make its retrans deals subject to the FCC's program access rules.