Major conditions imposed by regulators as part of Comcast’s merger with NBCUniversal expired Saturday, renewing debate over AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner that the Justice Department is trying to block.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether the 2011 Comcast-NBC merger has hurt market competition. Blumenthal sent a letter to the Trump administration’s top antitrust prosecutor, Makan Delrahim, on Wednesday, asking him to revisit the deal and to try to keep in place behavioral conditions that are set to expire next year.
Even as Jeff Bewkes oversaw the separation of Time Warner and Time Warner Cable, he said that Comcast combining its cable business with NBC Universal is a similar maneuver. The cabler considered the media business — networks and production — “a very attractive business.”