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Cable TV's lobbying arm NCTA names former FCC Chairman Michael Powell as its chief executive

March 15, 2011 |  8:01 am

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell has been chosen to be chief executive of the National Cable and Telecommunications Assn., the cable industry's chief lobbying arm in Washington. 

Powell, who served as an FCC commissioner during the Clinton administration before being named chairman by President George W. Bush, succeeds Kyle McSlarrow, who announced last week he was leaving the association to become head of Comcast and NBC Universal's Washington offices.

While at the FCC, Powell was seen as a friend to the cable industry. Since leaving the FCC in 2005, Powell has been a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners.

The son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Michael Powell has also served as chief of staff of the antitrust division in the Department of Justice. He also was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Powell has also served as a a policy advisor to the secretary of Defense. 

--  Joe Flint