TV Cable Nets: No Place for Senior Female Execs
November 21, 2008 8:35 AM
So much for crashing through glass ceilings is what I conclude from reading highlights of the 2008 Women in Cable Telecommunications’ PAR Initiative Survey that tracks female employment trends at both cable programming and distribution companies.
The biggest shocker was the glaring fact that top female executives at cable programming companies dropped significantly from 32.5% two years ago to 26.1% this year.
So how to explain this glaring ebb of top female talent at the cable programming nets? Consolidation is the culprit, say the survey’s analysts.
They point to the departures of leaders like Oxygen Media founder and CEO Gerry Laybourne, who sold her company to NBC Universal.
OK, that’s one person. Who else, I ask? I can’t think of one.
The study’s analysts also say women who run cable networks might be counted as middle management now that their companies are part of larger organizations.
Might? Don’t we know?
No matter how you slice it, most top-level jobs at the cable programmers are going to men, the survey concludes.
And that’s the real answer, I say, not this mumbo-jumbo about consolidation.