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What’s On?: Ross, Velshi, Bartiromo, Bourdain

  • ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross has an investigation on “Nightline” tonight into allegations of sexual violence involving members of the Air Force Academy football team. Ross finds out what happened to the undercover cadet and Air Force special investigations agent who tried to blow the whistle.

  • On Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money,” tonight at 7pmET, Ali Velshi anchors a special exploring the network of funding that provides financial resources to ISIS and militant groups throughout the Middle East. The show will also feature an interview with David Cohen, U.S. Undersecretary for Terror and Financial intelligence.

  • Maria Bartiromo will anchor “Opening Bell” live from the BNP Paribas Trading Floor in New York City this Friday. She will interview executives of the corporate and investment banking arm of the world’s largest bank, by assets.

  • This Sunday, CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” heads to Iran. The long-awaited inaugural trip explores Tehran and Isfahan, dining on Dizi, Fesenjan, Biryani, and Tahdig. Local guides include Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, who were subsequently detained by the Iranian government.

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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together

ComcastTWC304Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable this morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argues the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. 50 groups sent this letter to the Attorney General and FCC Chairman today asking that the deal be blocked. Comcast goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. Here’s some coverage of today’s filing:

  • Wall Street Journal: Regulators are likely to zero in on how the deal would affect broadband access, which is increasingly the preferred pipe for delivering video, voice and data to consumers’ homes.
  • CNET: Cohen said he understands why critics are skeptical of allowing two major broadband and video providers to merge. But he said the concerns are overblown
  • USA Today: Federal regulators, including the FCC and the Department of Justice, will review the proposal and are expected to issue a ruling by the end of the year.
  • New York Post: Comcast has cast itself as the underdog in a fight with much larger media and tech titans.
  • Capital New York: Comcast argued that once the transaction concluded it would control only 20 percent of the U.S. broadband market, a very different number from the 40 percent cited by public-interest groups that oppose the deal.

6 Questions About the Comcast, Time Warner Cable Deal

ComcastTWC304On Wednesday, Comcast takes the first regulatory step, going before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it tries to convince the powers that be that acquiring Time Warner Cable is a good idea. As the NYT’s David Carr writes in his Monday column, Comcast is feeling confident about its chances.

In a recent interview with C-Span, David Cohen, an executive vice president at Comcast and the man who will represent the company, said, “ I have been struck by the absence of rational, knowledgeable voices in this space coming out in opposition or even raising serious questions about the transaction.”

Carr has at least six questions about the deal, including, “Is the merger good for the American consumer?,” “Is the deal really good for innovation?,” and “Why isn’t there more competition in the cable business?”

Read on for Carr’s take…

With TWC Deal, Comcast Says it Will Build on ‘Extraordinarily Successful Acquisition of NBCU’

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Comcast is wasting no time pressing forward with its $42.5 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. We’ve assembled three separate documents the company released this morning: a press release announcing the deal, a public interest benefits summary and a document called “Day One Undertakings” from Comcast EVP David Cohen, who is the company’s chief lobbyist in Washington, DC.

In that note Cohen cites the 2011 acquisition of NBCU: “Comcast intends to build on our extraordinarily successful acquisition of NBCUniversal, and our unparalleled record of keeping our promises to bring new benefits to consumers in prior acquisitions,” Cohen writes.

All three memos are after the jump…

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Media Execs Visit Obama White House

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel announced he would be leaving the Obama administration to run for Mayor of Chicago last week. According to White House visitor logs released Friday, media personalities and executives were regulars on the guest list to meet with Emanuel.

Some of the names are journalists, like The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza and NY Times columnist Tom Friedman.

However, some high profile media executives made the cut.

David Cohen, an executive VP with Comcast, met with Emanuel December 3, 2009 and April 15, 2010. December 3 was also the day Comcast announced its intention to acquire NBC Universal.

Another surprising name is still to be confirmed: Keith R. Murdoch, who may be Keith Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp. CEO, who owns Fox News Channel.