The Comcast/NBC merger should not be approved without at least 11 conditions. That’s the recommendation of Sen. Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcomittee. He outlined the conditions in a 6-page letter handed yesterday to the Dept. of Justice. In it he writes:
Among the 11 conditions: Comcast will have to divest NBC’s interest in Hulu within a year of the acquisition; Comcast cannot move NBC network programming to any cable network in which it has a financial interest for 10 years.
It’s expected the FCC and the Dept. of Justice will take about a year to review and make a decision on the merger.