Kantarian ankles as Radio City CEO

No successor named

NEW YORK — Cablevison’s Madison Square Garden announced Wednesday that Arlen Kantarian has resigned as president and CEO of Radio City Prods.

The announcement followed by two days a New York Times story about Radio City’s ambitious $30 million renovation, which said Kantarian was “expected to head Radio City Entertainment.”

Cablevision, which also owns Madison Square Garden, is expected to centralize its entertainment booking for both the Garden and Radio City under a new corporate entity called Radio City Entertainment.

Kantarian, who joined Radio City in 1988, assumed the president and CEO titles in January 1997.

In December 1997, Cablevision leased Radio City Music Hall from its owner, Tishman Speyer. Cablevision also retained the rights to the Rockettes and the Christmas pageant from the Mitsubishi Estate Co.

The cabler produces TV shows and provides cable services to 2.6 million subscribers in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In detailing its plans for Radio City, it told the Times that the reopening of the art deco palace after a six-month shutdown “will be a black-tie, nationally televised show that will be the best event of 1999.”

No successor was named. Kantarian was not available for comment.