Newswires’ Shara Tibken reports:
NBC employees walking around the Rockefeller Center headquarters Thursday generally seemed upbeat about Comcast’s (CMCSA) planned takeover of NBC Universal from General Electric (GE).
An employee at NBC’s local division says people are going about business as usual and are excited, if anything, because Comcast is more of a pure media company.
“It’s going to take a year to complete the deal, so that also has people less worried,” he adds.
Others – mostly in the cable channel branches of the business – say they could even benefit from Comcast’s ownership. Comcast has highlighted NBC’s cable networks – which have held up better during the recent downturn – as the deal’s main attraction.
“The problem with GE is that we’re the only media company GE has, while Comcast is in the business, so I think they could understand us a little bit better,” a USA Network employee says.