Officials: Comcast announcement 'presumptuous and arrogant'

Federal regulators reportedly are upset with Comcast for announcing the management team it plans to put in place at NBC Universal once the government's expected approval of its purchase of the studio from General Electric is granted.

Sources tell the New York Times that regulators feel last week's announcement assumes the fed's approval of the acquisition is a foregone conclusion.

"For a deal this large, and one that hasn't been approved, Comcast's behavior is presumptuous and arrogant," one of the officials told the Times.

The rift, reports the Times, is an indication of how much is yet to be done before the deal is approved.

Much of the discussion remains centered on online video, Hulu, and whether the government will mandate that some control be placed on Comcast's reach into the online video industry. At the very least, reports the Times, the Federal Communications Commission is likely to attempt to craft conditions that will protect against anti-competitive behavior by the combined entity.

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