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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.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Time Warner Cable Inc., the nation's second-largest cable-TV company, will hold its annual shareholder meeting Thursday in New York, and the proposed $45.2 billion merger with Comcast Corp. is not part of the agenda. The meeting follows a tumultuous year at Time Warner Cable in which the company lost hundreds of thousands of cable-TV customers and then became a target of an unfriendly takeover by Charter Communications Inc. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV operator, negotiated a friendly all-stock deal to acquire Time Warner Cable that was announced in February.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The American Customer Satisfaction Index has pegged Time Warner Cable Inc. as the nation's most unloved company. Based on phone and online surveys, it rated Time Warner Cable's Internet service as 236th out of 236 companies in customer satisfaction - a list that included Coke, Campbell Soup, Nissan, Allstate, and Verizon Communications. Time Warner Cable's TV service rated 235th. Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity Internet service placed at 234 out of 236 and its TV service landed at 232 in the list released in May. Would merging these two cable giants in a megadeal benefit consumers?
BUSINESS
May 24, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Summer's here - or just about - and Comcast Corp. is looking to make cable-TV viewing easier at the Shore. The cable giant says that its 10 Shore service centers will be open on Sunday and Monday for the first time on this Memorial Day Weekend. Those centers, several of which were enlarged, are located in Absecon, Avalon, Brick, Eatontown, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Northfield, Ocean City, Toms River and Wildwood. Hours for most of the stores will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The centers also will be open this Saturday and most Saturdays through the summer, though with varying hours.
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.
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