Kohl puts Comcast/NBCU on the schedule


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, under the gavel of Herb Kohl (D-WI), will have executives from proposed merger partners Comcast and NBC/Universal on the grilling menu 2/4/10.

The session is called “The Comcast/NBC Universal Merger: What Does the Future Hold for Competition and Consumers?” It will kick off at 2:30 PM eastern.

The Subcommittee’s ranking member is Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

One senator sitting on the panel should have more than a passing interest in this hearing – Al Franken (D-MN) is best known for his work on NBC’s ground-breaking weekend perennial “Saturday Night Live.”

RBR-TVBR observation: So Kohl wins the race to be the first committee or subcommittee chairman to get a dig into this merger. We strongly suspect he will not be the last. There are seven other obvious possibilities between Commerce and Judiciary in two Houses of Congress – and who knows how many others will dream up an excuse to get in on the act.