Seemingly recruiting a management team for the future cable systems he hopes
to buy, Jerry Kent has hired programming chief Patty McCaskill away from his old
MSO, Charter Communications Inc.
McCaskill, Charter's veteran vice president of programming and pay-per-view,
tendered her resignation Monday. She immediately started work at Kent's company,
Kent has already brought three other executives over from Charter, which is
in a cutback mode.
CEQUEL III declined to offer any specifics about McCaskill's role at the
"Right now, the company has made it clear all along that its intention is to
examine, invest in and look for management opportunities in both cable and
telecommunications areas, and as they are getting busy, they are hiring the
talent they anticipate they'll need," a CEQUEL III spokesman said.
Diane Schneiderjohn, Charter's senior VP of marketing and programming, and
the MSO's existing programming-department staff will handle McCaskill's duties
until a replacement is named, according to a Charter spokesman. McCaskill had
reported to Schneiderjohn.
Charter senior VP of operations David McCall, responsible for the MSO's
Southeast division, also resigned Jan. 31. Terry Cordova, VP of engineering for
the Southeast, has replaced McCall on an interim basis, the Charter spokesman