Programming Chief Leaving Charter


Charter Communications’ executive vice president of programming is leaving the St. Louis-based cable-system operator, with two other executives assuming her tasks.

Sue Ann Hamilton, who has served under three successive Charter chief executives, is departing at an unspecified date, according to media-relations manager Anita Lamont. Hamilton, who lives in Denver, was not immediately available for comment.

In establishing the company’s lineup and tiers of programming, Hamilton will be succeeded by former Adelphia Communications VP of video management Cathy Fogler. Fogler joined Charter earlier this year as VP of video programming and product management, a title she will retain, Lamont said.

Fogler will be responsible for managing Charter’s video products, including its programming and tier lineups.

Handling licensing negotiations with programmers, another Hamilton duty, will be Greg Rigdon, senior VP of business development.

Fogler will certainly have her hands full: The operator also said it plans to restructure its digital packages over the next 12-24 months, which, it added, will necessitate “making significant programming decisions,” although it would not reveal specific details.

While at Adelphia, Fogler instituted gold, silver and bronze pricing packages -- a strategy she used at AT&T Broadband, which programmers expect her to bring to Charter.Hamilton has three young children and had complained to friends about the strain of essentially having to commute to St. Louis from her Denver home. Under previous CEO Carl Vogel, Charter's programming and marketing teams operated out of Denver.