Abbas Joins NCTC


As expected, Jeff Abbas, former head of programming at Adelphia
Communications Corp., has joined the National Cable Television Cooperative,
officials said Tuesday.

Abbas, Adelphia’s ex-vice president of programming, will serve at the NCTC’s
senior VP of business affairs, a newly created position. Abbas has been a member
of the NCTC’s board for four years.

Abbas will be working with senior VP of programming Frank Hughes on
affiliation deals with programmers, doing financial analysis of those deals,
both new ones and renewals, according to NCTC president Mike Pandzik.

The NCTC has contracts with about 140 networks, and there is typically a
renewal with a programmer every three weeks or so, according to Pandzik.

Hiring Abbas is 'a reflection of the amount of business, the deals that we do
and, especially, the renewals we do,' he said.

'There’s a lot of financial analysis involved,' Pandzik added. 'It used to be
simpler. If we could get a better deal for members, that’s all that mattered.
Now we do quite a bit of financial analysis of each deal as we renew them.'

Despite the volume and complexity of the work, the NCTC’s programming
department only includes Hughes, VP of national accounts Scott Abbott and one
support person.

'It’s a lot of work for a small group of people,' Pandzik said. 'When Jeff
became available, we thought, ‘This is a great combination of skills and
experience’ … I’m happy to have him.'

Abbas will also be exploring 'new line-extension businesses' for the NCTC,
according to Pandzik, who declined to say what those businesses were.

'Anything that would benefit members over the long haul is something that
we’re going to look at,' Pandzik said. '[Abbas is] going to help us in lots of

After the NCTC’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore., at the end of July,
Multichannel News reported that Abbas was leaving Adelphia to work for
the co-op, members of which serve more than 15 million subscribers.

He and his family have already relocated to suburban Kansas City, where the
NCTC is located, from troubled Adelphia’s former headquarters town, Coudersport,

Abbas, who will report to Pandzik, couldn’t be reached for comment,

Earlier this year, Adelphia’s new management team
brought in Judith Meyka, former In Demand senior VP of distribution, as its top
programming official, senior VP of programming -- a post above Abbas’.