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5:15 PM ET, January 30, 2011

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Comcast completes NBC Universal merger  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes.
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Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
It's Got NBCU ... Now Comcast Has a Fight for Reinvention  —  From Hollywood to Madison Avenue, all eyes will be glued to Comcast's top-priority mission: scripting television's greatest comeback narrative at also-ran NBC, which the cable giant formally took control of on Friday.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
U.S. Media and Entertainment Deal Volume Rose 3% in 2010 … NEW YORK - U.S. entertainment and media industry merger and acquisition activity rose slightly in 2010 when looking at the number of deals and outpaced the overall U.S. deal market, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Aljazeera:
Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau  —  Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.  —  The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Why Al-Jazeera Owns Internet TV's Egypt Coverage  —  Tanks were greeted by protesters, police vehicles went up in flames and looters started to empty the building of the ruling party NDP in Cairo late Friday: These and more astonishing images of a regime on the verge of collapse …
John Naughton / Guardian:
Why the BBC's old guard called time on the Wibbly Wobbly Web  —  The corporation's online arm is being cut off at the elbow... and many are secretly delighted  —  So the BBC is slimming down, in response to government pressure.  The World Service is to lose five of its foreign-language services, and a quarter of its staff.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Yahoo Delivering 1 Million Video Views for Washington Post's “The Quick Fix” —  Could Chris Cillizza Beat Rachel Maddow?  —  WASHINGTON, DC — “The Fast Fix” a daily, 60-second daily video update on Beltway news featuring the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has exceeded online viewership …
Michelle Kung / Speakeasy:
‘Like Crazy’ Wins Big at Sundance Film Festival 2011  —  Earlier this evening, actor Tim Blake Nelson hosted the awards ceremony for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Dressed as a snowflake (prompting actress/director Vera Farmiga to dub him 'Tim Flake Nelson'), he bumped chests …
Discussion: The Wrap
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
Networks are paying close attention to social media  —  Encouraging news came out of Friday's #TVNext conference in Boston: the networks are paying attention to social media and are working on strategies to merge it with their TV shows.  The Boston advertising agency Hill Holiday put …
 
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