Kohl schedules hearing to examine Comcast-NBC merger

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will testify at a hearing Feb. 4 by the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee.

Sen. Herb Kohl, chairman of the committee, announced the hearing today. He said it will examine the deal's consequences for broadcast TV, cable services and Internet programming, and its impact on consumer options for the services.

This is the first of several hearings lawmakers have pledged to hold to examine the proposed merger, which some say would give one company too much power in the creation and distribution of media content.