The Justice Department (DOJ) confirmed on Wednesday that it will conduct an antitrust review of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of NBC Universal, settling the previous question of whether the $30 billion transaction would be examined instead by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Announced last month, the merger would give Comcast, the nation’s largest cable system operator, control of a major television broadcaster and producer of video content. Although the FTC has reviewed the competitive implications of previous mergers that involved cable operators or video content providers, officials offered no comment on the decision to grant the DOJ jurisdiction over the Comcast-NBC deal. The FCC, meanwhile, will be tasked with measuring the public interest benefits (and the competitive implications) of approving the proposed transfer of NBC’s broadcast and other licenses to Comcast. The FCC and DOJ are both expected to focus on the ramifications of allowing one company to control both the creation and distribution of content, and chief among the concerns of regulators is the extent to which DirecTV, DISH Network, Verizon’s FiOS service and other Comcast rivals will be able to maintain non-discriminatory access to NBC programming once the merger is consummated. To alleviate potential regulatory concerns, Comcast and NBC have pledged to continue free, over-the-air broadcasts of the NBC and NBC-owned Telemundo networks and to add new, independently-owned channels to Comcast’s digital channel lineup.