If this was a movie, it could be called “The Haunting of Capitol Hill House (and Senate): The Watchdogs Pursue the Moguls to the Other Side of the Building.” Well, maybe not – it’d be hard to get that on the posters, to say nothing of the marquee. Nonetheless, Brian Roberts, Jeff Zucker and others will attend two hearings on 2/4/10 concerning the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC/Universal.
The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet gets first crack at Comcast’s Roberts and NBCU’s Zucker, in a hearing that kicks off at 9:30 AM. Also on the witness panel for that one are Colleen Abdoulah of WOW! Internet, Cable, and Phone; Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America; Michael J. Fiorile of the NBC Affiliates Board; and Adam D. Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation.
Abdoulah and Cooper will also appear at the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing, starting at 2:30PM. Fiorile and Thierer will be free to leave the grounds. The only new witness will be Andrew J. Schwartzman of Media Access Project.