Wednesday night a room full of movers and shakers gathered at the Independence Visitor Center to pay tribute to a national LGBT trailblazer, Mark Segal, who was celebrating the publication of his long-awaited memoir, And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality. The night began for most of us crossing the NBC10 picket line of striking photographers; John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was a few steps behind me, shaking hands with a few of the protestors — members of his union — and giving them his support. In comes David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, NBC10’s parent company. No problem. Cohen and Dougherty exchanged a handshake, and the two talked for a long time, even posing for a photo for me. Both then joined the long line of other guests waiting their turn for the man of the hour Mark Segal to sign their books.
Brian Roberts (left) and David Cohen. Photos | Comcast
[Update 3:45 p.m.] If there’s speculation about David Cohen’s future at Comcast, it’s not coming from Brian Roberts, the company’s chairman and CEO. He released a statement this afternoon reaffirming his faith in Cohen. Read more »
Anti-Comcast student activists disrupted a meeting of the Penn Board of Trustees this morning, protesting the company’s stance on net neutrality and its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.
They took video of the event, in which they unfurled a banner emblazoned with the hashtag #Don’tBlockMyInternet:
“Students demanded that Comcast stop its advocacy and lobbying against Title II net neutrality at both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in Congress,” the activists, who are working with Philadelphia’s Media Mobilizing Project, said in a press release. “They also spoke out against Comcast’s push to merge with its biggest competitor, Time Warner Cable.” About a dozen students participated.
One problem: David Cohen — Comcast’s executive vice president and chairman of Penn’s board — wasn’t there to see the protest directed at him. According to the video, however, the meeting was adjourned rather than have trustees persist in the face of the disruption. Read more »
Is Patrick Gottsch the David to Comcast’s Goliath?
He’s certainly making the attempt. Gottsch is the founder of RFD-TV, an Omaha-based television network that features shows like American Farmer, Classic Tractor Fever, and Corn College TV in the lineup. And ever since Comcast dropped the channel from its cable lineup in Colorado and New Mexico last year, Gottsch has been a thorn in Comcast’s side.
Wondering where Philly will get the money to pay for a visit from Pope Francis and to host the Democratic National Convention? David Cohen, vice president of Comcast, isn’t worried at all.
“We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Cohen told KYW Newsradio, “and I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”
Over the weekend, the New York Times featured a profile of David Cohen, Comcast vice president and all-around power broker, calling him the company’s “real repairman.” Cohen’s been profiled repeatedly over the years, but we found out a couple of new things in the NYT piece. Here are our five favorite quotes:
There was plenty of cynicism expressed last February when Comcast’s David L. Cohen—a longtime Democratic fundraiser—announced his support for embattled Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican. “Comcast certainly wants a friend in Harrisburg — not just in the governor’s mansion but on the state regulatory boards whose members are appointed largely by Corbett,” one left-wing blog wrote at the time.
Obama, as we notified you yesterday, spent an hour at David L. Cohen’s house in Mt. Airy headlining a fundraiser for senate candidates. The goal–to raise a million bucks or so–was reportedly met. Here’s what Potus said when he got there, at 7:24 p.m., according to a White House transcript.