Back when Comcast announced its intention to acquire NBC from GE, some blathering surfaced about the inherent conflict of interest in negotiating for retransmission fees from both sides … as MVPDs and as broadcasters. No worries, more or less intoned Comcast. We have a chance to set standards for the industry, they asserted. After all, they will enjoy an insider’s view from both sides … so, trust us, they implied. Besides, the guy that will be running all of NBCUniversal’s assets will be Steve Burke, a cable guy.
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