Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts might be losing patience with how long it's taking to get the FCC stamp of approval for the MSO's $30 billion acquisition (joint venture?) with NBC Universal. Roberts reportedly took time from his busy CES schedule last week to meet separately with Republican commission members Robert McDowell and Meredith Atwell Baker to try to get the slothful process moving along.
Before jetting up to Las Vegas for CES, Roberts had a layover in Scottsdale, Ariz. where he told Citigroup's 21st Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference that he was confident the deal would go through in the near future and Comcast would be able to start putting into place for real all the plans it's already announced for how it will run the broadcast and cable channels and even the theme parks.
"We've built a different type of company that's going to be able to move incredibly well in this fast-changing world," Roberts told the assembled analysts, citing especially Comcast's interest in the NBC cable channels. "There is no company like Comcast and NBC and Universal. That gives us a very special opportunity ... to go out and execute hopefully and make all of our dreams turn into real realities for all of our shareholders."
No doubt Roberts carried that same message during his FCC meetings.
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