/// Comcast’s Brian Roberts Plays Down NBC Woes

March 21, 2013  |  Media Week

Only two days into full ownership of NBCUniversal, Comcast NBCU CEO Brian Roberts knows better than to step into the middle of the feud between Jay Leno and the network. “I think Jay Leno is fantastic,” he said, responding to a question from David Rubenstein, CEO of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the Economic Club during a sit-down interview in Washington. “There's a lot of people issues and you keep that stuff confidential.” Leno has taken several pot shots at Comcast on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which wins in its time period. But NBCU is also preparing for Jimmy Fallon to take over from Leno, according to several reports. Deft at deflecting questions, Roberts also declined to respond to whether it was more complicated to deal with Washington regulators or creative types in Hollywood. Welcome to network TV mogul-dom, Brian Roberts. During the nearly hour-long interview, Roberts spent more than half the time answering questions about the history of Comcast, his personal career, and Comcast's cable and Internet businesses, which he knew well. He even came prepared with a demo of Comcast's new X1 cloud-based on-demand service and interactive guide.

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