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February 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. formally announced Thursday that the two cable giants would merge in an all-stock transaction valued at $45.2 billion. Comcast will control the combined entity in a deal that values Time Warner shares at $158.82 a share. Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said on Thursday morning in a conference call with analysts that a merger with Comcast and Time Warner Cable will create a "near national platform" for its cable-TV and broadband businesses with exposure in 43 of the nations top 50 TV markets.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies - rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World - failed to repeat that success. Otherwise the cable and entertainment conglomerate had a solid quarter as its cable-TV business continued to heal - video subscriber losses were a negligible 4,000 compared with 69,000 in the year-ago quarter - and NBC broadcast-TV revenue rose 17 percent on more licensing and retransmission fees.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. held an uneventful shareholders meeting Wednesday, during which chief executive Brian Roberts reiterated his sentiment that he was "extremely excited" about a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc., and unionized Comcast technicians pressured the company to improve its treatment of them. The Chicago union, one of the few recognized by Comcast, is negotiating a new contract. Roberts said the meeting was not the venue for bargaining. After the meeting at the Kimmel Center, about 50 antimerger protesters on the sidewalk chanted "Comcast has the tower and the people have the power," calling it a peoples' vote on the merger.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A visionary, hard-driving salesman, Ralph Roberts turned an obscure subscriber television station in Tupelo, Miss., into a communications empire, with dominant cable, Internet, and entertainment services. Although a global leader, Comcast has stayed true to its Philadelphia roots, becoming the largest company headquartered in the city. With its own office tower in Center City and a second one on the way, Comcast has almost 140,000 employees and more than $68 billion in revenue. Roberts, who died Thursday at 95, built the communications giant on the foresight to acquire cable television companies around the nation.
SPORTS
September 21, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Nick Markakis scored the go-ahead run on an error in the 10th inning as the visiting Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers, 6-3, last night, in their first meeting since the Rangers scored an AL record 39 runs in a doubleheader sweep last month. Melvin Mora added an RBI single and Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer off Wes Littleton, but the Orioles had to hang on as Fernando Carbrera gave up two runs in the 10th. Jamie Walker (2-2), the fifth of six Baltimore pitchers, struck out three in 1 2-3 innings.
SPORTS
October 13, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
As a reward for guiding the Baltimore Orioles through the most tumultuous 2-month stretch in franchise history, Sam Perlozzo had the "interim" label removed from his job title yesterday and signed a 3-year contract as manager. Perlozzo takes control of a team that has suffered through eight straight losing seasons, the longest such run since the Orioles moved from St. Louis in 1954. Perlozzo was promoted from bench coach to interim manager on Aug. 4, taking over for Lee Mazzilli after the Orioles lost 16 of 18 to sink into fourth place in the AL East.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a dozen tea party activists from the Philadelphia area gathered outside the Kimmel Center on Wednesday - site of Comcast Corp.'s annual shareholders' meeting - to protest the company's ownership of the liberal-leaning MSNBC 24-hour cable news channel. Inside the meeting, shareholders peppered Comcast chief executive officer Brian Roberts about the company's decision to ban local gun-shop advertisements. There were also complaints about the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
SPORTS
February 14, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Ryan Dempster plans to move from closer to starter for the Chicago Cubs this season. On the first day of spring training yesterday in Mesa, Ariz., he took on another role: prognosticator. "I think we are going to win the World Series. I really do," Dempster said. That's a bold prediction before the start of a season that marks the 100th anniversary of the Cubs' last World Series winner. The Cubs did make it to the postseason last season, winning the NL Central before being swept in three games by Arizona in the first round.
SPORTS
May 5, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Alex Rodriguez made history last night. A-Rod hit his 350th career homer, becoming the youngest player in major league history to reach the mark as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 10-8. Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman, is the 70th player to hit 350. He did it at 28 years, 282 days. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 350th at 28 years, 308 days. Rodriguez's three-run shot off Mark Mulder in the seventh to left-center also gave the reigning American League MVP 1,001 RBI. In other games: At Toronto, the Blue Jays overcame a shaky start by Pat Hentgen to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, and win only their second home game of the season.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies - rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World - failed to repeat that success. Otherwise the cable and entertainment conglomerate had a solid quarter as its cable-TV business continued to heal - video subscriber losses were a negligible 4,000 compared with 69,000 in the year-ago quarter - and NBC broadcast-TV revenue rose 17 percent on more licensing and retransmission fees.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
As his own father, Ralph Roberts, aged into his 80s and 90s, Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts said, he found that he and Flyers owner Ed Snider regularly grabbed lunch around town - the Capital Grille on Chestnut, Table 31 in the Comcast Center, and, more recently, the Union League on Broad. They'd talk sports, media, and life. Roberts, who heads the city's largest publicly traded company, said he trusted Snider as a mentor. "I came to realize his genius," Roberts said.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A visionary, hard-driving salesman, Ralph Roberts turned an obscure subscriber television station in Tupelo, Miss., into a communications empire, with dominant cable, Internet, and entertainment services. Although a global leader, Comcast has stayed true to its Philadelphia roots, becoming the largest company headquartered in the city. With its own office tower in Center City and a second one on the way, Comcast has almost 140,000 employees and more than $68 billion in revenue. Roberts, who died Thursday at 95, built the communications giant on the foresight to acquire cable television companies around the nation.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawrence S. Smith, 67, of Worcester Township and Jupiter, Fla., an executive who helped build Comcast Corp. from a small regional company into an industry leader in cable television, died Tuesday, April 28, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of complications from aplastic anemia. "Larry was unique and a role model for everyone on how to enjoy all that life offers," said Brian Roberts, the company's chairman and CEO. "His time on Earth seems way too short, and we are so saddened today.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Third-quarter revenue at Comcast Corp. rose 4 percent, to $16.8 billion, and net income soared 50 percent, to $2.6 billion, as the company added 315,000 high-speed Internet customers and shed 81,000 TV customers, the cable giant reported Thursday. When adjusted for a tax gain and $77 million in expenses associated with the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., net income rose 10.6 percent, the company said. Shares of Comcast, in addition to those of acquisition target Time Warner Cable, jumped in morning trading on a broad surge on Wall Street.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. held an uneventful shareholders meeting Wednesday, during which chief executive Brian Roberts reiterated his sentiment that he was "extremely excited" about a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc., and unionized Comcast technicians pressured the company to improve its treatment of them. The Chicago union, one of the few recognized by Comcast, is negotiating a new contract. Roberts said the meeting was not the venue for bargaining. After the meeting at the Kimmel Center, about 50 antimerger protesters on the sidewalk chanted "Comcast has the tower and the people have the power," calling it a peoples' vote on the merger.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. formally announced Thursday that the two cable giants would merge in an all-stock transaction valued at $45.2 billion. Comcast will control the combined entity in a deal that values Time Warner shares at $158.82 a share. Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said on Thursday morning in a conference call with analysts that a merger with Comcast and Time Warner Cable will create a "near national platform" for its cable-TV and broadband businesses with exposure in 43 of the nations top 50 TV markets.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
  It's no surprise to find that Comcast Corp.'s Brian Roberts was the top-paid chief executive last year on the Philly 50 list of the region's most valuable publicly traded companies. Comcast, the nation's biggest cable TV firm and the most valuable company here, with a market value of $114 billion, paid Roberts $25 million. The total included $11.8 million in cash, $9.6 million in stock-based pay, and $3.7 million in other compensation, according to data from Equilar, a compensation-data firm.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
WHILE WEI-YIN CHEN languished on the disabled list for 2 months, despondent about his hiatus from the big leagues, the Baltimore Orioles struggled to fill out an inconsistent rotation. Chen made his long-awaited return last night, and after he threw seven innings of three-hit ball in a 6-1 win over the visiting Texas Rangers, it was hard to determine who felt the happiest: the Taiwanese lefthander, the other 24 players in the clubhouse or manager Buck Showalter. "Winning the ballgame is real huge to me," Chen said through an interpreter.
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