NCTA panel to search for prexy

A five-person search committee headed by Newhouse Broadcasting Corp. prez Bob Miron has been formed by the National Cable Television Assn. to find a replacement for outgoing prexy James Mooney.

The other search team members are Amos Hostetter, chairman of Boston-based Continental Cablevision; Robert Hughes, head of Austin, Texas-based Prime Cable; Ralph Roberts, chief of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.; and John (Dubby) Wynne , head of Norfolk, Va.

-based Landmark Communications.

Formation of the search committee was announced by NCTA board chairman Richard Roberts.

Miron, in a statement, said his team will meet with “cable TV operators, programmers equipment suppliers, and those outside the industry to get their input. … We plan to move as quickly as possible with the objective of finding the right person for this important position.”

Mooney abruptly resigned last week after nine years as head of the cable trade org. Though he denied being forced out of the post, speculation has been rampant within the industry that Mooney could not survive at NCTA following congressional passage of the cable reregulation bill last year.

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