Byron Allen, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios has lashed out at Comcast Cable for opposing the Entertainment Studios/NAAAOM petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The petition, filed with the FCC on March 24, 2016 can be accessed at:
Soon after the petition was filed, Comcast came out with harsh words on the two petitioners. The company said their petition had no merit since they have other cases in court on the same matter. But, Allen says the lawsuits that are still pending in court were filed to provide distribution and real economic inclusion for 100% African American-owned media.
“Our lawsuits are not frivolous, which is why they are still pending in federal court, over one year after we have filed them,” his response read in part. One of the issues that make Allen bitter is the comments by Comcast to the effect that their cable networks lack support. He says they have more support than Comcast can imagine and that they are among market leaders. “That is not true. Entertainment Studios has seven 24-hour HD networks, the largest privately-held portfolio of cable networks in the world, with approximately 80 million subscribers.”
He further notes that the real issue is the white executives who are not used to an African American man holding them accountable. “Charter Communications has an all-white male board, consisting of 16 members. No women. No Asians. No Hispanics. No African-Americans. How shameful in 2016. The cable industry spends $70 billion a year licensing cable networks and 100% African American-owned media receives ZERO. This is completely unacceptable.”
He has now challenged Comcast and Charter Communications to prove him wrong with facts and not making opposition for the sake of it. “Comcast and Charter should open up ALL their contracts and show the world what is on their platforms that is 100% African American-owned and participating in the billions of dollars they spend on programming every year,” he said.
Comcast’s FCC response: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=60001568261