4 Minute Roundup: Comcast-NBC Deal; AOL’s Robot Army

    by Mark Glaser
    December 4, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift (the Stuffy Head Cold Edition). In this week’s edition, I look at the $30 billion mega-merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Critics already believe the deal could lead to higher cable rates and less free content on Hulu. Plus, AOL’s Tim Armstrong said he would use computer algorithms to help in the editorial discovery process at AOL. And I ask Just One Question to David Nordfors of the Innovation Journalism project at Stanford University.

    Check it out:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Comcast-NBC Deal Won’t Stop Cable Price Hikes at ABCNews.com


    First Take — Comcast-NBCU Deal Isn’t About Digital at PaidContent

    Comcast Hasn’t Made ‘Best Offer’ to U.S. on NBC Deal at Bloomberg

    Comcast-NBC deal raises concerns about media consolidation at LA Times

    Comcast, NBC aim to ease feds’ concerns at Washington Post

    Surviving NBC’s Upheaval at DealBook

    AOL’s Big Plan — Robot Traffic Whoring at Gawker

    Automated AOL News — Heralding the Future of Online News Writing? at Fast Company

    New AOL Gambit Could Undermine Premium Content Goals at ClickZ

    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What will happen because of all the media company layoffs?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who will benefit most (if anyone) from the Comcast-NBC Universal merger.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: aol comcast david nordfors mergers nbc

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