NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke Drops Comcast COO Title

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Neil Smit is adding an executive vp title at the cable giant.

NEW YORK -- New NBC Universal president and CEO Steve Burke has given up his title as COO of Comcast Corp. after the cable giant's acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the entertainment company at the end of last week, according to a regulatory filing Monday.

He will remain an executive vp of Comcast, it said, but the filing underscores that Burke will give NBC Universal full attention.

Comcast didn't immediately name a new COO, but said that Neil Smit, president of its cable systems business, has added an executive vp title. He came over from cable operator Charter Communications, which he ran as CEO, nearly a year ago.

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