November 16, 2009 |
For more than a decade, Brian Roberts, the scion running the country's largest cable television system, has envisioned transforming his company into more than just a collection of -- as Wall Street calls cable -- "dumb pipes." So Roberts' Comcast Corp. has been steadily bulking up. First it became the conduit of television, then an Internet service provider and a telephone company. Along the way it has been building regional sports networks, launching entertainment websites and snapping up such cable channels as E, Style, G-4 and the Golf Channel.
February 12, 2004 |
As a freshly minted graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Brian L. Roberts helped build his family's small Philadelphia cable-TV company by climbing utility poles to install lines. Comcast Corp. is now the nation's largest cable operator. As chief executive, the 44-year-old Roberts sees the movies, sports and other programs traveling through those lines as key building blocks for the company's future. And Comcast's bid for Walt Disney Co.
January 9, 2008
-- Rk. Team (Rec.) Comment (last week's rank) 1 NORTH CAROLINA Ellington's 36 points and overtime -- --- game winner against Clemson (15-0) make Tar Heels even more daunting. (1) 2 MEMPHIS (13-0) Pepperdine's Walberg predicts national -- -- title for Tigers after 37-point loss. (2) 3 KANSAS (15-0) Jayhawks look much more imposing -- --- lately than they did against USC. (3) 4 WASHINGTON It will be very impressive if Cougars -- STATE (13-0) are still undefeated after L.A. trip.
May 26, 2012 |
Ryan Braun's bizarre two-strike bunt attempt Tuesday came as the reigning National League most valuable player is getting a reputation as a prima donna. He has complained so much about the odd shadows at Miller Park with the roof open for day games that the Brewers now partially close it, which causes its own problems. The Giants were furious the left side of the infield was bathed in sunshine during a game last week, when a ball third baseman Joaquin Arias didn't see off the bat almost hit him in the head.
April 24, 2005 |
The February trade that brought Sammy Sosa to Baltimore provided the Orioles with a potent slugger who leads the team in home runs. His name is Brian Roberts. When the Orioles sent Jerry Hairston and two minor leaguers to the Chicago Cubs for Sosa, they acquired a cleanup hitter with 574 career homers, including 66 in 1988. The trade also ended a longtime duel between Roberts and Hairston, who had competed for the starting job at second base for four consecutive seasons.
August 15, 2009 |
Jered Weaver's pitch count soared. He looked fatigued. The right-hander had given up more earned runs than he had in 21 of 23 games this season and more hits than he had given up in 12 of those games. And then the second inning started. That's the kind of night it was Friday for Weaver and the Angels, who were bludgeoned by the Baltimore Orioles in a 16-6 loss at Camden Yards, an inauspicious start to a 10-game road trip. Outfielder Felix Pie became the fourth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle -- and the first since Aubrey Huff did it against the Angels on June 29, 2007 -- and Baltimore tied a club record with nine doubles.
July 25, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts has extended his tenure at the nation's largest cable company -- for at least another year. Roberts isn't planning on going anywhere -- despite the seemingly short-term nature of the deal. His father, Ralph Roberts, founded the company a half century ago. What's more, Brian Roberts' employment contract had expired last month, according a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rather than renegoitiate his entire agreement, Roberts simply amended the pact so that it runs through June 2014.
November 25, 2013 |
Are two cable moguls about to square off again? The emergence of Comcast Corp. as a potential suitor for Time Warner Cable is the latest twist in the at-times tense relationship between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and John Malone, whose Liberty Media has a 27% stake in Charter Communications, which is also pursuing Time Warner Cable. Roberts is now what Malone was for many years, head of the biggest cable company in the country. Comcast has over 21 million subscribers and also owns NBCUniversal, parent of NBC and several powerful cable channels including USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
June 28, 2013 |
Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts may not have to worry about scoring tickets to the Oscars anymore. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited Roberts to join the Hollywood power players who vote for the Oscars and get to attend lots of cool parties. Comcast is the parent of Universal Studios, so the addition of Roberts is not completely out of left field. Universal is already well represented in the Academy: Top executives Ron Meyer, Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley are members.
December 27, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before watching some more midseason pilots. The Skinny: I'm doing my best to find some news for you folks but it is pretty slow out there. Of course, most of you aren't reading me this week anyway because you're having fun! I'm not bitter though. Really! Today's headlines include some looks back at the year in entertainment and profiles of "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and "Les Mis" star Anne Hathaway. Daily Dose: DirecTV put a lump of coal in the stockings of its subscribers.