NAMIC: Some Progress on Diversity


Minorities are making progress in attaining upper-management positions, but
they still have a long way to go before gaining full representation within the
executive suites of cable companies, according to a new National Association for
Minorities in Communications employment report.

The report, 'A Look Toward Advancement: Minority Employment in Cable II' --
an update on the organization's 1999 survey -- showed that minorities represent
7 percent of workers in key management positions of nonethnically identified
companies, calibrated from the senior vice president to the CEO level. That
compares with the 5 percent reported in the 1999 survey.

Overall, 24 minorities are represented in those positions, 10 of whom are
women. NAMIC president Patricia Andrews-Keenan said the numbers are encouraging
and show that the industry is making a concerted effort to advance minorities
into upper-level management positions.

But she added that more can be done and she warned against industry
complacency in light of the management gains.

The survey -- which polled 14 cable companies representing 72 percent of the
industry's work force -- also concluded that among all minority groups, African
Americans have taken the greatest number of steps up the corporate ladder.

African Americans represent 7 percent of MSO and 6 percent of nonethnically
identified companies' key management positions, which closely reflect the
group's 12.3 percent representation of the total U.S. population.

But while African Americans have progressed, Hispanics have not yet made the
same strides. Hispanics only represent 1 percent of executives at MSOs and at
general, nonethnically identified companies.

The survey, conducted by Horowitz Associates Inc.'s Surveys Ltd., also polled
NAMIC members, a majority of whom are concerned about the lack of minorities in
upper management and a perceived lack of commitment to diversity among company