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E! Hires Laura Ling
To Host News Series

LOS ANGELES — E! has hired
journalist and author Laura
Ling to host investigative documentary
series E!

In each
episode of
the onehour
Ling, who
was with Current, will delve
deep into one of today’s most
important and controversial
topics, stories and trends that
are often overlooked or misrepresented
in the media.

In March 2009, while reporting
on the trafficking of
North Korean women, Ling
was detained by North Korean
soldiers along the Chinese-
North Korean border. She and
her colleague Euna Lee were
arrested and held captive in
North Korea for 140 days before
being granted a special
pardon and returning to the
United States.

In her first episodes as host,
on Dec. 8 and 15, Ling will
explore the rise of teenage
suicides in the U.S. and the
troubling stories and secret
realities of military wives.

Knology Closes $165M Deal
For Sunflower Broadband

WEST POINT, GA. – Knology on
Oct. 15 closed on its acquisition
of Sunflower Broadband
for $165 million cash.

Knology said it entered
into a $770 million first
lien credit facility and used
about $48 million of cash
on hand for the transaction.
Credit Suisse and SunTrust
Robinson Humphrey led the
financing transactions. Sun-
Trust Robinson Humphrey
advised Knology, and RBC
Daniels advised Sunflower.

Charter Hires Detampel to
Head Business Telephony

ST. LOUIS — Charter Communications
has hired Don
Detampel to head its business
telephony efforts, naming the
telecom veteran executive
vice president and president,
commercial services.

He comes from New
Global Telecom, a wholesale
provider of VoIP services to
non-traditional telephony
providers. He served as executive
chairman of NGT prior
to its acquisition by Comcast
earlier this year.