Comcast plugs in Gaston as sr. VP

Exec to take over legal department

NEW YORK — Comcast’s former Disney point man Steve Burke is remaking the executive suite, soon after being promoted to chief operating officer at the nation’s leading cabler.

Burke elevated Doug Gaston to senior veep and general counsel of Comcast Cable to replace Terry Bienstock, who is returning to private practice in Florida.

Gaston, a Comcast lawyer for eight years, will take over the legal department, reporting to administrative senior VP Mike Tallent and Art Block, general counsel of Comcast Corp.

“Doug has the respect of everyone in the law department and all of our business people and he is ready to take on the added challenge of leading Comcast Cable’s law department,” Burke said.

Bienstock has had a 20-year relationship with the company, first as outside counsel and then joining full-time during the acquisition of AT&T Broadband. He helped Comcast through some sticky situations, including the @Home bankruptcy and regulatory approval for the acquisition of AT&T’s 3,000 cable franchises in 2002.

Comcast will be his first client, as Bienstock leaves with consulting contract in hand. “His knowledge of our management team and structure make him a very valuable resource,” said CEO Brian Roberts.

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