We figured that four congressional committees would have a direct interest in the proposed merger between Comcast and NBCU, and sure enough, Jay Rockefeller has scheduled the fourth hearing on the merger, before the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The committee is chaired by Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
The session is on the books for Thursday, 3/11/10 at 10AM Eastern. No word yet on invited witnesses, but it’s an almost sure thing that Comcast’s Brian Roberts and NBCU’s Jeff Zucker will reprise their customary starring roles. One other witness will be going for a perfect attendance record, Consumer Federation of America’s Mark Cooper. There are numerous candidates going for three out of four.
RBR-TVBR observation: John McCain (R-AZ) likes to refer the late Mo Udall’s observation to the effect that everything which can possibly be said about a given topic has been said, it’s just that not everybody has gotten to say it yet. That has certainly been applicable, for the most part, to the Comcast/NBCU hearing cycle.
What’s frightening is the number of times we’ve heard legislators say that the topic needs to be revisited in their particular committee. Are we going to have double-dips from each of the four? Are other committees going to angle for a piece of Roberts and Zucker? Enquiring minds are afraid to find out.