Dish Network is saying that Charlie Ergen will reclaim the title of CEO, reports our good friend David Lieberman at Deadline.com.
“It’s always been Charlie Ergen’s company — he controls 81.9% of the voting shares — but now he’ll be more hands-on as Dish Network morphs into something more than a satellite provider,” Lieberman reports. “Consumer electronics industry vet Joe Clayton will retire as CEO at the end of March, to be replaced by Chairman Ergen, Dish says today.”
The Deadline report notes that Ergen, who has been accumulating wireless spectrum rights, aims to turn Dish into a mobile broadband and communications provider.
Lieberman adds: “Clayton, who became CEO in 2011, was at the center of often controversial developments including Dish’s launch of the ad-zapping Hopper DVR, the recent introduction of the Sling TV streaming service, and contract battles with programmers including Time Warner, CBS, and Fox. The company also bought, and then closed, the Blockbuster video chain.”
Dish currently has about 14 million satellite subscribers.
To read more on this subject we suggest you click on the link in our first paragraph above, as well as clicking here–this link will take you to a companion article, also by Mr. Lieberman.