Comcast-Universal Merger Hearing: Maxine Waters Grills NBC Execs Over Proposed Merger

08/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

One critic likened cable TV giant Comcast Corp. to a plantation, while another pointed to the BP oil spill disaster as what could happen when companies escape tough regulatory scrutiny. Then an influential congresswoman dropped a bomb by hinting that Comcast had tried to buy her support for one of the biggest media deals in history.

Those were some of criticisms and charges that flew during a field hearing held Monday by the House Judiciary Committee at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles to review the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal Inc. merger. The hearing was convened by committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) but largely run by Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles.