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NCTA Names Strong Republican as New PresidentNCTA Names Strong Republican as New President

NCTA Names Strong Republican as New President

Alan Breznick

January 25, 2005

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NCTA Names Strong Republican as New President

In a sign of the times, the NCTA named Kyle McSlarrow, a cable industry outsider with strong Republican ties to the White House and Congress, as its new president and CEO today. McSlarrow, who announced his resignation as deputy energy secretary last week, will take over for the retiring Robert Sachs, a Democrat, as cable's top political lobbyist on March 1. As cable officials noted in announcing his hiring, McSlarrow's political connections are key because Congress plans to conduct a major overhaul of the 1996 Telecom Act this year. Besides working in the Bush Administration for four years, McSlarrow served as a chief aide to former Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott and the late Sen. Paul Coverdell, a Georgia Republican. As a staunchly Republican candidate, he also ran twice for the House from northern Virginia in 1992 and 1994, losing both times to incumbent Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) in bitterly fought races.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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