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Comcast, NBCU Sign Deal With Latino Groups

WilliamsComcast_10.1.jpg Comcast and NBC Universal have signed agreements with a number of Latino organizations to boost diversity at their respective companies. The deal is part of a diversity commitment the companies made as part of the proposed merger.

In a blog post explaining the deal, Comcast’s Susan Gonzales and NBCU’s Paula Madison outline the efforts the companies will be making.

First, Comcast has pledged to add a Latino to its board of directors within 24 months. The companies are also pledging to increase employment opportunities for Latinos, to do business with more Latino-owned companies, to add more Hispanic programming, and to do community outreach and philanthropic efforts to benefit Latinos.

The announcement that it would add Latino programming and hire more minority employees comes as NBC News, and other news orgs, have been taking heat for their very white talent lineups.

B&C’s John Eggerton has more info on the groups signing on to the deal:

Groups signing on to the agreement include the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, and the League of United American Citizens, according to a Comcast blog post.

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Bloomberg Officially Opposes Comcast-NBCU Deal

Bloomberg061610.bmpWith its request to extend the commenting deadline shot down by the FCC, Bloomberg LP has filed a letter to the Commission and the Department of Justice officially opposing the Comcast-NBC Universal merger.

Bloomberg was joined in its letter with a handful of other organizations that oppose the deal, including Free Press, WealthTV, the Writers Guild of America, West, the National Consumers League and the Media Access Project, among others.

Today is the last day to file the initial comments on the proposed merger, as the FCC declined to extend the comment deadline. There will be opportunities for third parties to add to their comments down the line.

Write the letter’s authors:

Put simply, as the owner of both content and the means of distributing that content, Comcast will have every reason to undermine the many independent news, sports and entertainment channels that compete with the channels it owns. This discrimination could take many forms: disadvantageous placement on the dial (i.e. lack of neighborhooding), unfair negotiating practices in the context of carriage agreements with local broadcasters and unaffiliated cable networks, outright refusal to carry certain channels and potentially other tactics. Comcast must be expressly barred from using the enormous clout it will possess to cripple its programming competitors.

As B&C‘s John Eggerton notes, the organizations only oppose the merger “as filed.” In other words, if additional measures are put into place by the government, above the voluntary conditions Comcast has already offered, Bloomberg or the other orgs may change their position on the merger.

The full letter to the FCC is after the jump, as well as a response from Comcast.

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FCC Reviewing Media-Ownership Rules

FC052110.jpg The FCC has begun its quadrennial review of media ownership rules. Per Congressional decree, the rules are re-examined and adjusted every four years.

B&C’s Washington DC bureau chief John Eggerton has the goods on what the commission will be focusing on in the 2010 review:

Specifically, the FCC is looking at five rules: the local TV ownership rule, the local radio ownership rule, the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule, the radio/TV cross-ownership rule, and the dual-network rule.

The rules can affect how many local news outlets a company like News Corp. can own in a single market.

Eggerton adds that the commission will be taking the role of the internet into account, pointing to this section of the May 25 notice of inquiry:

The Internet clearly has not wholly supplanted traditional media, such as broadcast stations, newspapers, and cable systems, but it has increased the quantity of news and programming available to consumers.

The FCC has opened up a 45 day windows to comment, after which it will propose any changes, before opening it up to more comments.

Around the mb Blogs

• FishbowlDC has the memo announcing the Chicago Tribune was closing the broadcast operations of its D.C. bureau. “We expect to rely on existing internal resources and our news-sharing arrangement with CNN to service our television stations when covering Washington-based news,” said the memo.

• WebNewser shows the Doonesbury cartoon (well, the first two panels) where David Gregory‘s Twitter feed gets a shout out.

• FishbowlNY writes about a couple changes at the Associated Press, including the promotion of Kevin Roach to director of U.S. Broadcast News.

Cuts at ABC News D.C. Bureau

Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton reports ABC News is laying off a “handful” of staffers in its D.C. bureau.

This comes on the heels of cuts earlier this month as well.

The reason for the cuts can be linked to Nightline’s departure from D.C. to New York, as well as no longer needing an overnight control room at the bureau.