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NBC U's Okay Quarter Just Fine for GE

GE doesn’t really care much about NBC Universal, which is why it’s happy to hand it off to Comcast (CMCSA) once regulators sign off. But for the record, the cable/broadcast/movie conglomerate posted an okay quarter: Revenues were up five percent and operating profit was up 13 percent, the company said this morning.

Bear in mind that a year ago, those numbers were down eight percent and 41 percent, respectively. So Jeff Zucker and company are still digging out of a hole. But whatever: Sometime, in the next 12 months or so, this will be come Brian Roberts’ and Steve Burke’s problem.

For the record, here’s how GE (GE) describes the unit’s performance to investors (click image to enlarge). As usual, NBC U’s real star is its cable business, though GE said the NBC broadcast unit had a strong upfront sales cycle, up 18 percent:


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”