Policy

Roberts, Burke Hold  ‘Town Meeting’

1/31/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
and incoming NBC Universal
CEO Steve Burke moved to reassure NBCU
staffers that they want the company to be the
kind of company where they’ll want to work.

In a town-hall meeting Thursday, Roberts
told NBCU staffers, some of whom have had
multiple owners of their divisions in recent
years that “you’ll never have to work for another
company again.”

Roberts said new management is bound to
make “some mistakes,” but added, “We are
in business for profit, of course, and ratings
and box office success always matter. But we
can and will stand for so
much more than that.”

Having passed muster with federal regulators,
Comcast’s acquisition of 51% and control
of NBCU from General Electric is expected
to be completed Friday.

Burke discussed some of the challenges
and opportunities for the new company,
starting with fixing NBC’s primetime
lineup.

He also said that investment would be
made in the company’s local stations and
Spanish-language network Telemundo.

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