Rca Rca, GE, RCA discussed on TechStuff
And at that point once GE takes over you could argue that the end of RCA RCA is no longer an independent company is now part of GE and more than that. Jesus starts to make some pretty big changes over the next few years they begin to merge departments. So they begin to take RCA departments and merged them into existing GE divisions. Or they liquefy parts of our CA and sell it off and one of those divisions. That did this with was of Astro elect electron IX department that was the the company or the part of RCA that was specifically focused on space technology GE would merge. That department with its own space systems division, and thus created the GE Astro space division, but this was not meant to stay on as GE property forever. In nineteen Ninety-three GE would sell off this entire division to Martin Marietta which turned around and merged with Lockheed, and that's where we get Lockheed. Martin in nineteen ninety-five lucky Martin announced it would close the Astro electronics division facility and that finally happened in nineteen ninety eight. So that part of RCA is no more it. It ended years forty years of research and development and space and communications tech out of that facility. So that was just part of it. You would get to a lot of other spin offs here. GE would sell off a lot of what made RCA the company that it was and it would also spin off other divisions like NBC became its own sort of autonomous unit instead of being. Connected to what RCA used to be in one thousand nine hundred eighty six GE would sell off RCA records to Bertelsmann. So that company would become the steward of RCA records, which was formerly RCA Victor. And remember Victor was a company that even was older than our CA in nineteen eighty-seven GE would sell NBC radio to Westwood One. And it would hold onto the NBC television networks. So the radio network would be sold by the TV networks stayed behind selling off the radio networks was one of the conditions. That GE was forced to meet in order to get approval from the United States government for the acquisition. Then a g would also sell the RCA name, the consumer electronics brand essentially to a French company called Thomson Brandt. We'll get back to that. In just a second in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight Sarnoff labs that was the RND. Arm of RCA was funded. For GE for several years, but then GE would transfer Sarnoff labs to the nonprofit organization, SRI international. It's another organization, I should probably cover in a future tech stuff as SRI international. It's a scientific research institute. It's based in Menlo Park. California originally it was founded by trustees from Stanford University in the nineteen forties. In fact, SRI stood for Stanford research institute, but the organization formally parted ways with university back in nineteen seventy anyway by two thousand eleven Sarnoff labs had become fully integrated as part of SRI international. So it does not exist as its own independent thing anymore in two thousand four G E would merge NBC with Vivendi, Universal entertainment in that created in B C, entertainment, but GE would remain the majority owner at that point also in two thousand four Sony Music and the Bertelsmann music group or BMG would. Merge together and that brought RCA records under the umbrella of Sony. Interesting side, note Sony is also the parent company of Columbia records. And if you remember from my earlier episode Columbia records and RCA were fierce competitors in the early days of records. Now, they're both part of the same overall company as for as the Japanese Victor company that was part of RCA for awhile that actually had split off decades earlier it split off from RCA during World War Two for obvious reasons. It was operating in Japan, and we were at war with Japan JVC has a record company called Victor entertainment. This one's still uses the logo of the dog looking at the gramophone, the the one that's titled his master's voice and two thousand eleven Comcast would buy controlling interest in NBC. So it's no longer part of GE. Comcast has. Is it as an enormous conglomerate?