The FCC chairman is circulating an order among the other commissioners that would approve the deal if conditions regarding program access, localism and diversity, among others, are met.
Genachowski Ready To OK Comcast-NBCU
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to give the green light to the Comcast-NBC joint venture … with conditions
Senior FCC officials revealed during a telephone press briefing today that an order to do just that is being circulating among the other four commissioners.
It is unclear when full commission approval might come but senior FCC officials also indicated the order could be voted on at the Jan. 25 meeting if the process drags on.
FCC Chairman Genachowski has not even voted on the item, according to the FCC officials.
The order imposes certain conditions on the proposed merger; they were not spelled out during the press briefing. However, FCC officials indicated that the order covers issues dealing with program access, program carriage, on-line access and broadcast matters addressing localism and diversity.
The FCC officials also said that the agency has been working closely with the Justice Department, which must also sign off on the merger.
The Justice Department is said to be comfortable with the FCC’s approach, according to the FCC officials.