CEOs Defend Comcast-NBC Merger From Al Franken

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The Washington Post reports that the leaders of Comcast and NBC appeared Thursday on Capitol Hill to defend their proposed merger: "The media executives received some pointed criticism from Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.), a former cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Franken accused the networks of squeezing out independent producers, contrary to promises they made in exchange for the government lifting network restrictions on program ownership. "It's really hard to trust you guys, from my point of view," Franken told the executives. But Roberts and Zucker, attempting to deflect criticism, said the marriage of Comcast and NBC ultimately will benefit consumers because it would foster innovations in technology and Comcast would provide an increased investment in programming."

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