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NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
One pitch - perhaps the pitch - for Comcast Corp.'s new intern program should be this: Hey, 19-year-olds, spend another summer with Mom and Dad! The cable-TV giant this summer launched a 10-week program for college freshmen who were raised in the Philadelphia region but bolted to study computer science or engineering at top universities in other states. "Home for the Summer" began modestly this year with five interns, a number that is to rise rapidly. Comcast says the program is one of many initiatives meant to invigorate the city's tech economy as the company races toward early 2018.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release. Hosted by SFBN executive producer and CEO Ari Bluestein, "SFBN Talks High School Sports" will discuss the top teams in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey, and will premiere Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Bluestein will be joined by various co-hosts and guests throughout the 2014-2015 school year, including top local coaches and high school sports writers.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - A Dish Network Corp. executive told lawmakers Wednesday that Comcast Corp.'s deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. should be flatly rejected because the combined cable-TV giant would serve half of the residential Internet customers in America and could thwart new streaming companies that compete with traditional TV. The Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and a related proposed merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV "will determine whether a few large...
BUSINESS
July 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. announced its $45.2 billion deal to acquire the nation's No. 2 cable operator, Time Warner Cable Inc., in mid-February. The apparent loser was midtier cablecaster Charter Communications Inc., which had been making hostile overtures for Time Warner Cable. Now fast-forward five months. Today, shareholders in Comcast and Charter could have different thoughts about winner or loser in the takeover, at least to this point. The stock in Charter has gained 18 percent as Wall Street seemed relieved that the debt-heavy company wouldn't have to borrow additional billions of dollars to acquire Time Warner Cable.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is facing a political battle in Washington with a rural television network that airs bluegrass bands, farming news, and Hee Haw reruns. Comments have flooded the Federal Communications Commission docket - perhaps as many as 18,000, the network says - in the two weeks since RFD-TV's call-out to viewers on the Internet and cable channel. "It's crunch time," Patrick Gottsch, chairman and founder of the Rural Media Group Inc., in Omaha, Neb., said this week in a phone interview.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New York City panel has approved placing the Comcast logo with the NBC peacock atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of the world's most famous and visible properties, a company official said Wednesday. The Comcast logo will replace lighted "GE" signs (for former NBC owner General Electric) atop the 70-story 30 Rock, reflecting Comcast's ownership of news and entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new signage on Tuesday.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
What restaurant should go on the top floor of the second Comcast Corp. tower? How many whiteboards might the Comcaster of the future use? What keeps staffers in Center City from doing their best work? How can Comcast create an urban vibe that competes for talent with suburban West Coast technology campuses? "When you have a project of this magnitude, there are a million moving parts," said Karen Dougherty Buchholz, the woman who choreographed Philadelphia's 2000 Republican National Convention and is now the Comcast senior vice president leading the new tower project.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is seeking to put its name in lights on top of one of the world's most famous and visible properties - 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. A borough advisory board overwhelmingly approved on Thursday night the cable-TV giant's plan to remove the lighted General Electric signs atop the 70-story 30 Rock and replace them with the Comcast logo, including the NBC peacock, on the building's south and north sides, providing viewership uptown and downtown. A lighted NBC peacock would go on 30 Rock's west side, facing the Hudson River and the miles-long stretch of high-rise condo and apartment buildings that have sprouted on the New Jersey banks of the river.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable Inc. shareholders met on a soggy Thursday morning here, a couple blocks off Columbus Circle, to hear chief executive Robert D. Marcus say he considers that the company's dismal 2013 performance is "old news," and that its proposed $45.2 billion acquisition by Comcast Corp. in an all-stock transaction is a "dream combination. " The sedate affair contained none of the drama that marked the Comcast shareholders' May gathering in Philadelphia, which was disrupted by about 50 protesters opposing the merger of the nation's two largest cable companies because of anti-competitive concerns and media concentration.
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