The American Cable Association, a trade group representing some 900 independent cable operators, has brought Ted Hearn on board in the newly created position of vice president of communications.
Hearn most recently was the Washington news editor for Multichannel News, a position he had held since 1994.
In an e-mailed statement, Hearn said, "I'm really pleased to be joining ACA and working closely with Matt Polka to help ACA members achieve their goals in Washington, D.C."
Hearn will report directly to ACA president and CEO Matt Polka.
"ACA is extremely happy that Ted will be joining our team," Polka said in a statement. "He knows the issues, he knows how Washington works, and he knows how to tell people about it. His work will be invaluable to telling the story and unique challenges of independent cable operators and their customers."
The ACA, based in Pittsburgh, represents small and midsize independent cable companies who provide broadband services for more than 7 million cable subscribers, primarily in rural and smaller suburban markets across the U.S.