FCC calls for hearing on Comcast-Time Warner deal: WSJ

Standing on 4th St. in Los Angeles, Arturo Ortiz, left, from Braceros Unidos de California and Laura Blum-Smith with Writers (cq) Guild of America - West are among a small group of protestors outside the Public Utilities Commission's public comment meeting concerning the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger on April 14, 2015.
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The Federal Communications Commission's staff has recommended that agency set up a hearing over Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Quoting people familiar with the matter, the newspaper reports that the recommendation would put the merger in the hands of an administrative law judge.

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The move could be seen as a strong sign that the FCC does not believe the deal is in the public interest, the Journal reported.

Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, parent company of CNBC.

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