Byrne on CAB CEO Short List?


The Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau's search for a CEO to succeed the
departing Joseph Ostrow is 'down to a shorter list of a few candidates.'

So said Bill Simon, managing director of global media and entertainment
practice at Korn/Ferry International, Friday.

Although some industry sources said former Variety group vice
president and publisher Gerry Byrne may be the front-runner or even the final
choice, Simon emphasized, 'There's no finalist, no choice at the moment .
Progress is being made.'

An announcement is likely in early March, he added.

He described Byrne as 'a terrific guy and great

Byrne left
Variety -- like Multichannel News, a Reed Business Information
magazine -- in 2000 to become CEO and partner in New York-based Stagebill Media,
which was later acquired by Playbill.

Earlier, he was start-up publisher of Crain Communications Inc.'s
Electronic Media and Crain's NewYork Business and
international sales director at Advertising Age.

Executive recruiter Korn/Ferry was tapped to conduct the
CEO search last October.