Josie Martin to Leave NCTA


Washington -- Josie Martin, vice president of public
affairs at the National Cable Television Association, said last Monday that she is leaving
the trade group after less than one year to pursue other interests.

"I think it's time for me to pursue other
opportunities," she said, declining to be specific.

Martin said she had "a tremendous amount of respect
for [NCTA president] Robert [Sachs], and I think he will be a success." She added
that Sachs, who took over in September, deserved to name his own team.

Martin said she would depart sometime after the first of
the year, and she did not attend the Western Show in Los Angeles last week.

Her tenure was controversial, as industry insiders
complained about a breakdown in communication with the NCTA's public-relations department,
which also underwent considerable staff turnover in the past year.

Martin was hired Feb. 15 by former NCTA president Decker
Anstrom to replace Torie Clarke, who left to join a public-relations firm here. Anstrom
became president and CEO of The Weather Channel in August.

Martin joined the NCTA from The American National Red
Cross, where she was vice president of communications. She also spent 10 years on Capitol
Hill as press secretary for Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.), the Senate Finance Committee
and late Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.).