Recent episodes of NBC's hit comedy "30 Rock" have pilloried the impending corporate merger with cable giant Comcast using the fictitious company "Kabletown." Assuming the NBC-Comcast venture gets regulatory approval, it remains to be seen whether Comcast management will seek to crack down on this less-than-flattering depiction.
The cast of ABC's breakout ensemble hit sitcom "Modern Family" are considering four options for handling consideration for Emmy nominations, which are due April 30. The choices are for the entire six-member adult cast to submit their names in the lead or supporting categories; for Ed O'Neill, the show's best known actor, to be entered for lead, with the other five trying for supporting; or for Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, the series' "traditional" parents, to be lead and the rest supporting.
A bomb threat Wednesday reportedly forced the evacuation of the FCC building in Washington, D.C., for two hours, from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The incident caused the agency to postpone a scheduled round table on consolidated licensing.
Cumulus Media and Crestview Partners, the private equity group, have joined in a new venture: Cumulus Radio Investors. The group will seek radio broadcasting acquisitions totaling more than $1 billion.
The FCC, reflecting "its commitment to greater transparency and public outreach," should hold public hearings on Comcast's proposed takeover of NBC Universal, according to a letter from Free Press, Media Access Project, Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. However, the agency typically garners feedback on mergers via written and reply comments -- not public hearings, an FCC spokesman said.