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Comcast Corp. hires cable industry lobbyist to oversee D.C. efforts

Kyle McSlarrow, who for the last five years has served as a key lobbyist for the cable industry, is joining Comcast Corp. as president of Comcast/NBC Universal Washington.

McSlarrow The newly created position looks to combine McSlarrrow's Capitol Hill experience with his desire to have an operational role with a large cable operator. McSlarrow has served as president and chief executive of the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. since 2005. He announced last year he was planning on leaving the organization.

According to Comcast, McSlarrow will lead the nation's largest cable company's public policy office as well as work on customer experience and product development initiatives.

The addition of McSlarrow will add to Comcast's already influential lobbying team. Comcast recently was successful in pushing its deal to take control of NBC Universal through Congress, the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission despite intense scrutiny from media watchdogs and some lawmakers.

McSlarrow, who will join Comcast in April, will also oversee Comcast's push to expand Comcast Business Services, its unit that caters to commercial businesses as well as state and local governments.

-- Joe Flint

Photo: Kyle McSlarrow. Credit: NCTA

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