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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together (TVNewser)
Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Tuesday morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argued that the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. Fifty groups sent a letter to the attorney general and FCC chairman Tuesday asking that the deal be blocked. Capital New York The 650-page document filed with the FCC outlines the reasons Comcast believes the proposed merger with TWC would be in the public interest. Much of the document spelled out in granular detail arguments made by Comcast in its original announcement of the proposed deal, but there are some notable new takes. Comcast now sees itself as a tech company, in competition with Google, Facebook and Netflix just as much as traditional competitors like DirecTV and Verizon. Comcast argues that it doesn’t compete with TWC, as they do not operate in the same areas. Variety Critics have claimed the Comcast-TWC merger, which would create an entity that controls 30 percent of the country’s pay-TV market, is decidedly not in the public interest because it would result in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Moreover, the combination “could compromise the open nature of the Internet,” Sen. Al Franken told Justice Department officials last month. CNET Last week, Comcast filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will begin the antitrust review of the merger. And on Wednesday, Cohen will testify about the merger before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the official filing has been made in the merger, which was announced in February, the FCC will have a self-imposed deadline of 180 days to review and make its decision. USA Today Facing a growing number of customers flocking to streaming video and content providers demanding more payment for programs, TWC agreed in February to be bought by Comcast for $45 billion. The acquisition would give Comcast access to key media markets that it has coveted, including New York and Los Angeles, and occupy about 40 percent of the Internet service market, or about 32 million customers.

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McClatchy Papers Go Digital

bee.jpgFive McClatchy Co. newspapers, The Sacramento Bee in California, North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., are now available on the Kindle.

The media company made announcement about the digital distribution of their papers on Friday via Facebook, using social media to introduce their new formats to the world. Although these new versions are available for free for a two-week trial period, they will then cost $6.99 for a monthly subscription and be delivered daily to Kindles every morning.

The Daily News and the Bee introduced digital versions in October, while the other papers debuted in mid-November.

More McClatchy papers, like The Kansas City Star and The Miami Herald will be available on the Kindle soon, the company said.

The Kindle version allows readers to gain portable access to these local papers nationwide, so it is possible it will increase readership. But the nagging media question remains: why pay for digital content you can get it online for free?

McClatchy Launches Digital Editions on the KindleEditor & Publisher

Related: McClatchy Q3 Earnings: Ad Revenue Down, Circulation Revenue Up

McClatchy Dailies Join AP’s Mobile News Network

mcclatchy.jpgNewspaper publisher McClatchy Co. announced today that all 30 of its daily newspapers have joined the Associated Press‘s mobile news network.

“Mobile is a key component of McClatchy’s overall digital strategy,” said Christian Hendricks, McClatchy’s vice president, interactive media in the announcement today. “Adding all our websites to AP Mobile makes it easier for consumers to access our local news and helps expand overall readership in our newspapers’ markets.”

Two McClatchy papers, The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee, joined AP Mobile last year. The company’s Miami-based Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Herald, is also already a member of the network, becoming the first Spanish-language paper to be featured on the U.S.-Spanish section of AP Mobile.

Now, McClatchy’s other daily papers, including The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star and The Anchorage Daily News, will be joining as well.

“The addition of McClatchy’s full network of newspapers further enriches AP Mobile’s wealth of local news coverage,” said AP’s senior VP of global product development Jane Seagrave. “No other mobile news services combines so many original sources of credible, breaking news in a single, easy-to-navigate application.”

Hopefully, the deal will help fortify McClatchy, which has been struggling with debt restructuring and layoffs this year. It certainly can’t hurt, especially as the AP works to develop new ways to protect its content online.

Earlier: McClatchy Hopes To Buy Time By Amending Debt Agreements