Interview: The David to Comcast’s Goliath

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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.

That’s been particularly true during Comcast’s attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable. Gottsch rallied his viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission with thousands of short missives pleading that RFD be restored to the Comcast lineup.

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Cohen Says City Leaders Will Open Checkbooks for Pope, DNC


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.”

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5 Fun Facts From the NYT’s Profile of Comcast’s David Cohen


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:

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The Connection Between Comcast and Tom Corbett

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.

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