Praise for National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Kyle McSlarrow quickly followed the news Friday that he would be leaving next spring for a job--yet-to-be-determined--in the industry he has been championing in the halls of Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission.
"Kyle has been a tremendous leader and invaluable source of guidance and innovative thinking as our industry has faced a time of rapid change and public policy debate," said Brian Roberts, chairman of Comcast, NCTA's largest member. "Kyle has earned wide respect from the Washington community and is a true friend and colleague to cable and to Comcast."
"We are grateful for Kyle's leadership and strategic vision, which have guided the NCTA and the industry through a time of great change," said Glenn Britt, chairman of the second-biggest cable company, Time Warner Cable. "Kyle is respected as a tough but fair advocate for the issues critical to the success of the cable industry, and we wish him luck with his future endeavors."
"For the past five years, our industry benefited from Kyle being our advocate and our voice in Washington and beyond," noted Charter president and CEO Mike Lovett. "His passion and energy for cable is genuine and his diplomatic demeanor in communicating our story, oftentimes to tough audiences, won our industry a lot of battles and a lot of friends. I'm extremely pleased that Kyle will remain in the industry."
Praise came from the programming side as well. "Kyle has been an outstanding leader and representative for NCTA and the cable industry over the past six years," said Discovery president David Zaslav, "and he has also been a great partner for programmers and content providers like Discovery, helping to put our interests at the center of the agenda. We will certainly miss Kyle's vision and guidance as the leader of NCTA, but we are fortunate that he plans to remain a part of the industry."
His opposite numbers at other Washington communications associations joined in the applause.
"Over the years, Kyle and I devoted a lot of time and energy to building a strong personal relationship, one that allowed both organizations to grow and prosper as well as craft creative solutions to important public policy questions," said American Cable Association president Matt Polka. "As president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association for the past five years, Kyle deserves enormous praise for reaching out to ACA's leadership and recognizing that the independent operator community is an important part of the cable industry. Whether the issue was digital television, set-top boxes, or broadband stimulus funding, NCTA and ACA worked together to achieve results that struck an appropriate balance between the needs of government and the concerns of private industry...."
"Kyle McSlarrow has served NCTA with class, distinction and integrity," said NAB president Gordon Smith. "He was particularly gracious to me when I made the transition from Capitol Hill to NAB, and I will forever be grateful for his wise counsel and friendship. We wish him well as he segues into another leadership role in the cable industry."
"On behalf of the leaders, members and all stakeholders at Women in Cable Telecommunications, we would like to express our support and appreciation for all that Kyle McSlarrow has done during his leadership at NCTA to support industry diversity and inclusion. We look forward to continuing to work with Mr. McSlarrow and NCTA both during his transition and thereafter," said Maria Brennan, president of Women In Cable Telecommunications. "All of us at WICT are delighted that Mr. McSlarrow will continue his career in the cable industry that he calls home."