T. Howard Honors Blank, Stoddard

4/18/2006 3:19 AM Eastern

New York -- The industry is hiring more minority executives, but it needs to do more. That was the overall theme of speeches at the T. Howard Foundation dinner here honoring Showtime Networks Inc. CEO Matt Blank and National Cable & Telecommunications Association senior vice president Rob Stoddard.

Stoddard cited a study that found that cable was meeting or exceeding overall minority-hiring numbers but lacked diversity in management.

T. Howard processes 1,200 applications for a few-dozen internships each year at sponsors like Turner Broadcasting System Inc., Discovery Communications Inc., Fox Cable Networks Group, MTV Networks, XM Satellite Radio, EchoStar Communications Corp. and others.

More than 20 T. Howard interns attended last night's dinner, chaired by EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen. It kicked off with an address by former Showtime intern Ehmonie Hainey -- now at Clear Channel Communications Inc. -- who said she wanted Blank's job at Showtime.

"Don't give up on the CEO job: It could be available at any moment," Blank cracked later as he addressed a few-hundred attendees at Cipriani.

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