Tom Rutledge
Courtesy of Charter Communications
United States

Charter Communications


Chairman / CEO

As the pandemic was rocking the world and many sectors of the entertainment industry, Rutledge got some good news for both himself and the cable behemoth that he runs, Charter Communications. In the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call, Charter announced it had added 94,000 video customers in the quarter and seen an 8.3% increase in internet subscribers year-over-year. It also revealed that Rutledge’s contract had been extended beyond its April 2021 expiration, along with a little corporate forgiveness: it was waiving $85 million in overdue balances for customers unable to pay. Rutledge took the helm of Charter in 2012 and has grown it to become the second-largest MSO behind Comcast with the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016.


  • Charter Communications
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation


  • California University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Charter Cable TV Sub Losses Accelerate in Q3, CEO Blames Password-Sharing for Pressuring Bundles

Charter Cable TV Sub Losses Accelerate in Q3, CEO Blames Password-Sharing for Pressuring Bundles

Charter Communications, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, missed Wall Street earnings expectations and felt the cord-cutting heat in the third quarter. CEO Tom Rutledge lashed out at programmers for putting "pressure" on the traditional cable TV bundle by allowing rampant password sharing.The company, which last year assimilated the operations of former Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, reported a decline of residential video customers of 104,000 for Q3. That was more than double the 47,000 lost in the...


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