Communications Daily's Warren Dies at 86

Communications Daily owner and publisher Albert Warren died of a stroke Nov. 26 at his Washington, D.C., home, the company said. He was 86.

In addition to the authoritative “Comm Daily” -- which the Federal Communications Commission site licenses to make available to its 2,000 employees -- well-known Warren Communications News publications include Consumer Electronics Daily and the Television & Cable Factbook.

After graduating the Ohio State University School of Journalism in 1942 and serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined then-fledgling Television Digest as a reporter in 1945, when only eight U.S. TV stations were on the air. He bought the newsletter from Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Publications in September 1961. As a reporter, he was particularly interested in cable television and covered it through its evolution over the decades.

After his son, Paul, joined in the 1970s, Warren Communications expanded to include such publications as Satellite Week and Public Television Report.

Warren sold the company to Paul and another son, Daniel, in 2000, but remained chairman, editor and publisher, continuing to edit every publication every day until 2005, marking copy with his purple pen.