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Hispanic advocacy groups meet with Comcast, NBCU on merger concerns By Bob Fernandez
(March 2, 2010) Hispanic civil rights and advocacy groups met in
Philadelphia yesterday with top executives at Comcast Corp. and NBC
Universal Inc. to discuss Hispanic media issues related to the proposed
$30 billion merger of the cable company and the entertainment giant.
The meeting was part of the full-court press by Comcast and NBC to court
favor with special-interest groups that might oppose the merger in
Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission.
D'Arcy Rudnay, senior vice president of communications at Comcast, said
the meeting was private and was one of many Comcast was holding. "The
meetings have been constructive," she said, noting they began about two
weeks ago and are being held in several cities.
Hispanic media issues typically involve complaints about a lack of
Hispanic TV station owners, insufficient news and entertainment
programming choices, and TV shows that reinforce negative Hispanic
stereotypes, Hispanic officials said.
NBC Universal operates the NBC and Telemundo television networks.
Comcast declined to say which groups were represented at the meeting in
the Comcast Center.
But sources in the Hispanic advocacy community said that among the
groups represented were the National Council of La Raza, the League of
United Latin American Citizens, and the Hispanic Association on
Corporate executives present were Comcast chief executive officer Brian
Roberts, NBCU president Jeff Zucker, Comcast executive vice president
David Cohen, Comcast vice president Susan Gonzales, and NBCU chief
diversity officer Paula Madison.
Felix Sanchez, chairman and cofounder of the National Hispanic
Foundation for the Arts in Washington, a 14-year-old nonprofit group
that was not invited to the Philadelphia session, said there were few
Hispanic voices on highly rated news shows such as NBC's Meet the Press
on Sunday mornings, and that Telemundo has cut costs in local TV news
operations under NBC's ownership.
"I would be willing to see commitments made, but commitments have been
made in the past, so one is skeptical of future promises," Sanchez said,
referring to steps that might bring his support for the merger.
Joe Torres, government relations manager for Free Press, a nonprofit
group fiercely opposed to the merger, said, "Historically, media
consolidation has been terrible for the Latino community. . . . We don't
control our image, and other people are telling our stories."
Annual Edition 'Buying Power of Black America' report
breaks down billions in expenditures (January
19, 2010) Black consumers are responding to tighter economic
condition by focusing more of their spending on items and services
that improve their homes and lifestyle. That's one of the trends
revealed in the 15th annual report, "The Buying Power of Black
America," published by Target Market News. The report analyzes
spending for black households in 2008 and finds that