Bond to Head Comcast Programming


Comcast Corp. confirmed an earlier Multichannel News Online report
Thursday that it hired Matt Bond, the former AT&T Broadband and Yankees
Entertainment & Sports Network executive, as its top programming

Bond's new title is executive vice president of programming.

Comcast's former senior VP of programming, Tom Hurley, was given a new job as
president of the Comcast Digital Programming Center. Comcast said in a news
release that Hurley will oversee the former AT&T Digital Media Center in
Denver and "be responsible for programming contracts related to new revenue
sources such as streaming media and interactive television."

Bond will be responsible for the strategic direction of Comcast Cable
Communications Inc.'s programming group, as well as for the negotiation of
programming agreements for cable systems serving more than 21 million

Between his AT&T Broadband and Comcast gigs, Bond was executive VP of
distribution for YES. He had the same programming title at Tele-Communications Inc. before
it became AT&T Corp.'s cable arm.

Comcast recently closed its acquisition of AT&T Broadband, creating a 22
million-cable-subscriber operation with unprecedented bargaining power over
programmers and other vendors.

One of its first acts as a combined company was to sue Starz Encore Group LLC
in an attempt to void a lucrative pact the programmer had with AT&T