On Wednesday, J.J. Tietjen, the telecom engineer at the center of a $1.9 billion Comcast/NBCUniversal merger, announced his resignation after an investigation revealed he received more than $100,000 from Comcast for consulting on the deal.
Tietjen had been under scrutiny since the New York Times reported in August that he had been paid more than a million dollars by Comcast and received more that $100.1 million from Comcast to conduct research for the Comcast-NBCUniversal deal.
A year later, the Times revealed the work was performed by a group of consultants hired by Comcast.
In a statement, Tietjens lawyer, Matthew Kallinen, called the report an attempt to distract from the fact that the Comcast deal is “an important investment in America’s economy.”
The Times report said that in 2016, Tienjen received $40,000 for his work, but declined to disclose the nature of the work.