The heads of News Corp, Disney, Viacom, and NBC Universal have jointly told the FCC to butt out of the cable business. While the letter is intended to counter reported FCC plans to require cuts in the rates that cable networks pay to lease channels, the industry sees it as an opening wedge to expand the FCC's role in cable regulation, with an eye on forcing cable operators to offer a la carte programming. The letter, signed by Peter Chernin, president-COO of News Corp.; Robert Iger, president-CEO of the Walt Disney Co.; Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom; and Jeff Zucker, president-CEO of NBC Universal, said, "Ill-considered and unjustified government regulation cannot be permitted to undermine this vibrant American industry." Earlier on Wednesday, a majority of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee also attacked the FCC plan.




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