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THE TOP10
9. COX AND FRIENDS
Pat Esser
President
Cox Communications
Years in Cable: 38
Education: BA and MA., University of
Northern Iowa
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Lucky
Jill Campbell
EVP & COO
Cox Communications
Years in Cable: 35
Education: UNLV; MBA, Oklahoma
City University
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Authentic
Esser, a Cox employee since 1979,
and Campbell, a 35-year Cox employee,
have presided over a period of
prosperity as the MVPD has become
the No. 3 US operator amid major change in the sector. Making the most of,
as Esser puts it, " the growing number of connected elements in your daily
living, " Cox has leaned into broadband and rebranded local programming
10. IN THE STORM
Jack Abernethy
Co-President
Fox News Channel and Fox Business
Network
CEO
Fox Television Stations
Number of Years in Cable: 16
Education: Bachelor's from Georgetown;
MBA from NYU
William Shine
Co-President
Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network
Number of Years in Cable: 22
Education: SUNY Oswego
One Word that Best Describes Me: Reliable
" It's the best of times; it's the worst of times " seems pretty fitting for Fox
News these days. The channel is racking up record ratings at the same time
it is plagued by controversy. Following sexual harassment claims, longtime
chief Roger Ailes resigned over the summer. Shine and Abernethy stepped
into the roles of co-presidents for the network along with sibling Fox Business
Network (Ailes denies the allegations). Abernethy oversees the finance,
ad sales and HR departments for the cable networks, while Shine manages
all programming and news functions, including production, technical
operations and talent management. It was a big role to move into, with the
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under the YurView Network umbrella, which supplements local with national
and digital exclusives. While several rivals have floated some trial takeover
balloons, the longtime pride of Atlanta looks to be standing pat (Pat?) in the
best sense. Marking her myriad industry accomplishments, Campbell is
slated to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame at its 20th annual celebration
in late April.
Esser Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? How our people bring to
life the values of our owners.
The best thing about fast broadband is... the growing number of connected
elements in your daily living.
What are the top three qualities you look for in a hire? Integrity, accountability
and ability to learn.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: A relaxing dinner with my wife.
Campbell Q&A
What inspires you most about this industry? That we continue to evolve
and innovate as customer's expectations change.
How do you celebrate your birthday? I love to travel so I try to be out of
town on my birthday.
Favorite Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood? " The
Jetsons. "
Best way to spend a Saturday night: A glass of wine and a movie.
New favorite binge: " This is Us. " ■
change-up happening just a few short months before the 2016 election.
But Fox News didn't skip a beat, dominating the election and beyond. The
net has ranked as the #1 cable news network for 182 consecutive months
in total day and primetime, and is regularly outpacing the entire cable
lineup. Fox Business News also has been stepping up, with 1Q marking the
first time it topped CNBC business day viewers in back-to-back quarters.
But the controversy hasn't gone away. Abernethy and Shine will have to
guide the channel through more troubled water, which includes advertisers
pulling out of the highly rated " O'Reilly Factor " amid sexual harassment
allegations.
Abernethy Q&A
What product or service could you
not live without? Rotten Tomatoes.
How long is your morning
commute? 13 minutes (Uber/Juno).
Last show I watched not on my
networks: " This is Us. "
Shine Q&A
What inspires you most about this
industry? The size of this industry
inspires me. I remember when my mother's house had only 39 channels.
How do you celebrate your birthday? My birthday is the 4th of July so
there's usually fireworks involved.
What product or service could you not live without? WiFi ■
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