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Industry Insiders Lament Lack of Diversity in Cable Management

Sep 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Speakers at the conference of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications noted that the organization’s most recent study found that fewer African Americans and Asian Americans are in senior management at cable television companies than in the 2002 survey.

Manish Jha, senior VP of ESPN Mobile and president of NAMIC, said on the conference’s opening day Monday in New York that the drop is “a step backward” for an industry whose best customers are African Americans, in terms of their likelihood to subscribe to digital services.

NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow called the industry’s record in 2005 “a mixed bag.”

While cable’s work force is reflective of the country’s population, speakers said it remains challenge to promote diversity in the boardroom and the executive suite. They said it would take increased sensitivity and an increased level of mentorship to meet the industry’s diversity goals.