James Mooney, Former Head of Cable Organization NCTA and a Pioneer in Cable Deregulation, Dead at 69 Multichannel News
James Mooney, who served as president and chief executive of what is now the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, has died, reports Multichannel News. He was 69.
Mooney served as president and CEO of NCTA, then called the National Cable Television Association, from 1984 to 1993. In more recent years, he was principal and managing partner of JLM Partners, a corporate communications firm founded by Mooney and his wife, Louise, based in Seattle.
"He was the principal strategist in the efforts that resulted in the congressional enactment of the deregulatory Cable Communications Act of 1984," the piece notes.
NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell issued a statement saying: "The cable community mourns the passing of Jim Mooney, our strong and dedicated leader during an era of extraordinary industry growth when cable helped define American culture. Jim's leadership in Washington aided in enabling development of the modern cable industry.”
The statement adds: “During his tenure, cable saw a dramatic rise in the number of households subscribing to multichannel video as well as the appearance of precursors to many of today's consumer-friendly and highly interactive services and technologies. Forging effective advocacy and business growth, Jim demonstrated a passionate and lifelong commitment to the success of cable and extending its many benefits to consumers.”
Mooney is survived by his wife, Louise Rauscher Mooney, a former executive of NCTA, and his son, James P. Mooney IV.