Comcast reverses after cutting funds to girls' group that questioned FCC hire
by Joseph N. DiStefano, Posted: May 20, 2011
Comcast has reversed a decision to cut off funding to a Seattle nonprofit girls' video summer camp where a staffer wrote a short Twitter post questioning the company's hiring of FCC commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker after she voted to approve Comcast's purchase of NBC, writes Washington Post's Cecilia Kang here. Highlights:
"After Baker announced her job change, a Reel Grrls employee wrote: 'OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & is now lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?'...
"Last Friday, Comcast Vice President Steve Kipp wrote Reel Grrls an e-mail with a link to the tweet, saying the cable giant wouldn’t contribute the $18,000 it had promised for the film camp.
“'I am frankly shocked that your organization is slamming us on Twitter,' Kipp wrote. The tweet," and an earlier tweet critical of the Comcast-NBC deal, "'has put me in an indefensible position with my bosses. I cannot continue to ask them to approve funding for Reel Grrls, knowing that the digital footprint your organization has created about Comcast is a negative one.'...
"On Thursday, in response to media inquiries, Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said the company was sorry and wants to reinstate the funding. Kipp was not authorized to pull Reel Grrls’ sponsorship, she said." The group isn't sure whether it's going to take Comcast's money, the Post added.
Posted: May 20, 2011 - 9:57 AM
Joseph N. DiStefano
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