Bresnan Named C-SPAN Chairman

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Bresnan Communications chairman and CEO William J. Bresnan was elected chairman of C-SPAN’s executive committee at the public-affairs cable network’s annual board meeting in New York Tuesday.

Bresnan -- whose cable systems run two C-SPAN networks in analog basic everywhere and carry the third channel in most of the biggest markets -- succeeds Comcast Cable Communications Inc. president Steve Burke as executive committee chairman. Burke held that post since 2002, the longest service of any chairman in C-SPAN’s 26 years.

Bresnan’s MSO, based in Purchase, N.Y., has more than 300,000 customers across Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. He has been in cable for more than 40 years and “was one of C-SPAN’s earliest supporters, back in 1978,” C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb said in a news release.

“He knows our network, and he and his staff know how to maximize our network’s value in Bresnan communities,” Lamb added. “I’m sure his enthusiasm for C-SPAN will be infectious to our staff and to the industry.”

C-SPAN also said three cable-industry executives joined its 21-member board of directors: Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications Inc.; Landel C. Hobbs, chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable; and Neil Smit, CEO of Charter Communications Inc.

“Pat, Landel and Neil represent the changing of the guard in the cable industry,” Lamb said in the release. “As they take the helms in their companies, we’re looking forward to getting to know them better and seeking their guidance in taking C-SPAN into the future.”

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