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General Electric
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
10019-3737
Voice (203) 373-2211
www.ge.com
GE owns a 49% interest in NBCUniversal. Comcast has a majority 51% interest.
1878
Thomas Edison forms Edison Electric Light Company
1892
Edison General Electric Company merges with Thomson-Houston Electric Company to create General Electric Company
1897
Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company formed by Guglielmo Marconi
1901
Emile Berliner and Eldridge Johnson form the Victor Talking Machine Company
1906
David Sarnoff begins working at American Marconi
1917
U.S. Government begins using GE produced aircraft engines
1919
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created. RCA is formed after the U.S. Government gives control of the wireless industry back to the public sector following World War I. RCA gains the assets of American Marconi and becomes the controlling body of the patents belonging to General Electric, Westinghouse, United Fruit and AT&T
1926
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) formed. Sarnoff sees the potential of a nationwide network of radio stations and gets RCA, GE and Westinghouse to invest in the acquisition of WEAF in New York City and WJZ in Newark
NBC's "Red" and "Blue" networks respectively -as the flagship stations for the new NBC Radio network
1927
NBC Radio broadcasts the Rose Bowl to nationwide audience
1929
RCA purchases Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ for $154 million and begins manufacturing radios and phonographs
1932
Due to concerns of a growing monopoly, GE and Westinghouse sell off stake in RCA
1939
NBC introduces television broadcasting at the World's Fair in New York City
1941
Federal Communications Commission releases its Report on Chain Broadcasting. The report is critical of the growth of broadcast networks and proposes that NBC sell off one of its two networks
NBC Red & NBC Blue
1941
NBC receives first license for a commercial television station
1943
After losing court battles with the FCC over the demand to divest one off its networks, RCA sells of NBC Blue Network to Edward Noble, lifesavers candy creator. Network eventually becomes ABC
1954
NBC has first color telecast of Rose Bowl parade. Very few people actually see the telecast because there are not that many color sets in use
1966
RCA purchases Random House
1973
RCA purchases Ballantine Books
becomes part of Random House
1980
RCA sells of Random House to S. I. Newhouse's Advance Publications
1985
GE acquires NBC as part of a $6.3 billion for RCA
1986
- GE sells RCA's music division to Bertelsmann
1989
CNBC is formed
1996
MSNBC is launched. Cable news network is a joint partnership between GE and Microsoft
1997
CNBC Asia and Europe are formed.
1999
GE gains 32% stake in Paxson Communications and its PAX TV network
2002
Telemundo Communications Group is acquired for $2.7 billion in a deal with an investment group that includes Sony and Liberty Media. In a separate deal, Bravo Network is acquired from a deal with Cablevision and MGM for $1.25 billion
2003
Deal announced between GE and Vivendi Universal to create NBC Universal. In the deal, GE acquires Vivendi Universal's entertainment holdings which include theme parks and Universal Pictures' movie and television studios, and three cable channels (NYT 10/9/03)
2011
Comcast takes control of NBCUniversal with a 51% interest. GE retains a 49% share.

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“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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