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Comcast 'Provides' What May Be The Worst Service Call Ever - Posted July 16, 2014
There is no secret, no hidden truth, no mystery on this planet that refutes the abysmal customer service that call centers at cable companies provide. It's like they all hire from the same discount store that shuttles HR rejects from the hotel. The propos... [FishbowlDC]

Comcast Really Wants You to Approve of Its Time Warner Merger - Posted February 21, 2014
Not only does Comcast care--it also knows what you think. The company is well aware of the fact that it has maintained one of corporate America's worst reputations for several years by scoring near the bottom in pretty much every category from product qual... [FishbowlDC]

Nerd Prom Material - Posted January 14, 2014
Looking for your date to Nerd Prom? It's never to early to start! And Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Jonathan Cheban isn't a bad ask. Especially if you're also looking to score past year's popular guests ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Nerd Prom Material - Posted January 14, 2014
Looking for your date to Nerd Prom? It's never to early to start! And Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Jonathan Cheban isn't a bad ask. Especially if you're also looking to score past year's popular guests ... [FishbowlNY]

Comcast Would Give Better Customer Service If You'd Just Stop Calling So Often - Posted November 22, 2013
Today's Consumerist notes that ... [FishbowlDC]

Yahoo Reportedly Bidding on Hulu - Posted May 24, 2013
[caption id="attachment_128062" align="alignleft" width="275"] Ermolaev Alexander / Shutterstock.com[/caption] The video streaming service Hulu is amassing a long list of suitors, and Yahoo has reportedly joined the bunch. The bid was reported by Reuters and AllThingsD, though Yahoo declined to comment for them as fo... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Reaches Deal For Rovi Video Data - Posted April 16, 2013
Facebook is taking steps to make it easier for users with its new Timeline to add movies, TV shows, and celebrities they like to ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Partners With Rovi For Entertainment Metadata To Enhance User, Developer Experience - Posted April 16, 2013
Facebook is integrating into its platform Rovi Video's descriptive information on millions of TV shows, movies, celebrities, sports events and more. The partnership should help users flesh out more details in their entertainment likes and status updates that tag their movi... [semanticweb.com]

Now You Can Talk To Your TV -- And Get A Response - Posted April 8, 2013
Seen anything good on TV lately? If the answer is 'No,' then maybe the problem is that you and your TV just aren't communicating as well as you could be. The same may be said of your experience across other viewing mediums, like smartphones, tablets and PCs. Veveo wants to change the... [semanticweb.com]

Semantic Web Jobs: Comcast - Posted March 20, 2013
Comcast is looking for an Intern of Software Engineering in Mount Laurel, NJ. According to the post, "Special to the Comcast Engineering & Technology University Program, program participants have the opportunity to connect and network with fello... [semanticweb.com]

10 Brands That Do Customer Service Right on Twitter - Posted March 7, 2013
Here's an interesting fact: 30% of top brands now have "dedicated customer service Twitter handles". This makes perfect sense, right? Customers value great service above all else, they love the instant gratification of social media and they real... [FishbowlDC]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Spokeswoman Leaves for CNN - Posted February 15, 2013
There's a new job opening for an ambitious, politically-minded PR professional in the greater New York area: Governor Andrew Cuomo's spokeswoman Allison Gollust ... [FishbowlDC]

Sue Simmons, Candid in Rare Interview, 'Came Within Two Weeks of Being in a Wheelchair' - Posted February 4, 2013
There are broadcasting legends, and there is Sue Simmons. FishbowlNY caught up with the iconic anchorwoman for a rare one-on-one interview, as she was being named a Black Media Legend at the Plaza Hotel by McDonalds Friday. Simmons left WNBC in June afte... [FishbowlLA]

G.E. Is Totally Cool With 30 Rock, You Guys - Posted January 25, 2013
Say you're a PR/branding exec at a big corporation. Say there's a certain sitcom that's been making fun of you mercilessly for seven years (while appearing on a network that you once owned). What would you do? ... [FishbowlDC]

Using Xfinity is Easier than Un-Beaching a Whale or Giving Birth - Posted September 19, 2012
If you've ever tried setting up new cable service, you've undoubtedly ended up cursing the cable gods as you struggled to find the best deal, tried to work four-hour-long appointment windows into your busy schedule, and wrestled with the great philosophical question of our age -- to bundle or not to... [FishbowlDC]

Facebook Touts Launch Of A Platform For Good - Posted September 12, 2012
A Platform for Good, a new online resource from the ... [AllFacebook]

Jay Leno Rips NBC, Comcast on Tonight Show - Posted August 21, 2012
Jay Leno used the first minute of Monday's Tonight Show opening monologue to rip NBC and Comcast for the 20 layoffs from last week: "As you may have heard, our pa... [FishbowlLA]

Revolving Door: Rupert Murdoch, NBC Universal News Group, Jeff Daniels on 'CBS This Morning', and More - Posted July 23, 2012
Rupert Murdoch (pictured at left) has resigned from a number of News Corp. boards, including his post as director of ... [FishbowlDC]

Roll Call: F-H, Cannes Lions, Wendy's, and More - Posted March 28, 2012
John McNeel (left) has been named Fleishman-Hillard's global MD of strategic integration, effective April 2. He'll be based in New York reporting to CEO, D... [FishbowlDC]

'Diddy,' 'Magic' to Launch New Comcast Channels - Posted February 21, 2012
Sean "Diddy" Combs and Earvin "Magic" Johnson are each starting their own TV channels Comcast announced today. The new stations come as part of the deal Comcast made when it merged with NBCUniversal. Comcast will launch 10 independent stations over the next eight years. Eight of those stations will have African-American... [FishbowlDC]

Roll Call: Weber Shandwick, Bloomberg, Ruder Finn, and More - Posted October 18, 2011
[caption id="attachment_28854" align="alignright" width="203" caption="Mike Bruhn"][/caption] Peter Matheson Gay has joined ... [FishbowlDC]

You Can Watch First-Run Films at Home for $60 - Posted October 5, 2011
Universal Pictures and Comcast are testing out a new concept that will allow you to watch a movie that's still in theaters from your living room couch. The on... [FishbowlLA]

Comcast sues DirecTV over NFL ads - Posted August 4, 2011
Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Illinois against DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite provider, alleging deceptive advertising in claiming that ... [TVNewser]

Comcast sues DirecTV over NFL ads - Posted August 4, 2011
Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Illinois against DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite provider, alleging deceptive advertising in claiming that ... [SportsNewser]

Kids Get Schooled and a Visit from Nicki Minaj - Posted May 20, 2011
Nicki Minaj and MTV host ... [GalleyCat]

Report: Scarce Local News on Telemundo - Posted May 2, 2011
Free Press, the nonprofit organization dedicated to media reform founded in 2002, has released a report analyzing local news coverage on NBC and ... [GalleyCat]

Comcast Accepting Proposals for Additional Networks Targeting Minorities - Posted April 4, 2011
Hot on the heels of News Corp.'s announcement that they would be launching Fox Hispanic Media, Comcast... [FishbowlDC]

Zucker's Letter To NBC Universal Staffers - Posted December 23, 2010
With the news of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski giving the nod to Comcast acquiring NBC Universal breaking today, we thought we'd give outgoing NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker... [FishbowlLA]

NYT Editorial on Comcast-NBCU: Hands Off Internet Video - Posted December 6, 2010
The New York Times published an editorial urging regulators considering the merger conditions for Comcast and NBC Universal to forbid ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Gollust and Pilot to Leave NBC After Acquisition - Posted November 18, 2010
Comcast has announced the leadership team that will be in place once its acquisition of ... [FishbowlDC]

Facebook, Amazon Back $250M Social Startup Fund - Posted October 25, 2010
In a bid to boost social media technology, Facebook and Amazon.com, along with other notable social media companies, have lined up behind notable Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Pe... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

thePlatform Frees mpx Video-Management System from Beta - Posted October 13, 2010
Comcast-owned online-video-publishing outfit thePlatform announced that its ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Time Warner Hires Journalist Richard Siklos - Posted October 4, 2010
Journalist Richard Siklos is joining ... [FishbowlDC]

Fandango's Bruce Budkofsky Is Upwardly Mobile at Comcast Interactive Media - Posted September 29, 2010
Comcast Interactive Media announced the promotion of ... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

SBD: Page Thompson Stepping Down at Golf Channel - Posted September 10, 2010
Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reports that Golf Channel president ... [TVNewser]

SBD: Page Thompson Stepping Down at Golf Channel - Posted September 10, 2010
Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reports that Golf Channel president ... [SportsNewser]

SBJ: Five Sports Predictions for When Comcast Completes NBCU Acquisition - Posted September 1, 2010
Sports Business Journal's John Ourand has a column this week outlining five sports predictions for when Comcast finally completes its acquisition of NBC Universal. It is a good read, which starts out obvious (... [TVNewser]

SBJ: Five Sports Predictions for When Comcast Completes NBCU Acquisition - Posted September 1, 2010
Sports Business Journal's John Ourand has a column this week outlining five sports predictions for when Comcast finally completes its acquisition of NBC Universal. It is a good read, which starts out obvious (... [SportsNewser]

Report: Dick Ebersol Takes a Tour of Golf Channel - Posted August 24, 2010
NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol was seen taking a tour of Golf Channel's headquarters last week, according to Sports Business Journal's... [TVNewser]

Report: Dick Ebersol Takes a Tour of Golf Channel - Posted August 24, 2010
NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol was seen taking a tour of Golf Channel's headquarters last week, according to Sports Business Journal's... [SportsNewser]

comCast Looking For New Deals - Posted March 25, 2009
They bought Fandango, Daily Candy and Plaxo. And while every other media company is currently crying poor, Comcast told MediaMemo, it was actually still looking to acquire companies (cautiously of course). So out of a job? Have a great business you've been dying to get off the ground.... [MediaJobsDaily]

LAT In 90 Seconds - Posted December 19, 2007
FitzSimons Resigns: Tribune Co. CEO Dennis J. FitzSimons is stepping down as soon as Sam Zell completes his deal to take the company private -- which could be Thursday or Friday. FitzSimons, who slashed... [FishbowlLA]

LAT in 90 Seconds - Posted April 16, 2007
Stealing Its Own Thunder: So much for understanding the media. CBS Corp. announced its "rapid evolution from an old-media titan into a powerful Internet player" with a "Rolling Thunder," a new online network that will partner with Micros... [FishbowlLA]

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