Amos Hostetter

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Amos Hostetter got a relatively late start in cable, but the company he founded in 1964 quickly grew into an industry giant. Continental Cablevision had its roots in two tiny systems in Ohio. From 300 subscribers the first year, Continental evolved into the industry’s third-largest multiple system operator. At a time when cable companies were being skewered for poor customer service, Continental ranked among the most respected. The company pioneered local cable news channels in New England and Chicago.
In 1996, US West paid nearly $11 billion for Continental, named Mr. Hostetter to head the new company and pledged to keep its headquarters in his hometown of Boston. Within a year, however, US West reneged on that promise and consolidated its cable holdings to Denver. Mr. Hostetter resigned in protest and the cable industry lost the direct involvement of one of its most influential patriarchs.
In recent years, Mr. Hostetter has provided seed money for projects at The Cable Center in Denver. He’s also an investor in the Women’s United Soccer Association.
Mr. Hostetter is a former director of the Public Broadcasting Service and a member of the Massachusetts Telecommunications Hall of Fame.