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Comcast Says Surprisingly Good Ratings Will Let NBC Break Even On Olympics

No grousing about NBC’s Olympic coverage from Comcast executives today: On the company’s earnings call, Comcast EVP Steve Burke said prime-time ratings for the games are way ahead of the company’s estimates, and that the cable giant now expects to break even on its coverage, instead of a projected loss of $100 million to $200 million. (An earlier version of this report incorrectly attributed Burke’s statement to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.)


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald