McSlarrow Getting New Operational Post At Comcast/NBCU: Sources

Look for Comcast/NBCU to announce that it is moving Kyle McSlarrow out of D.C. and into a post that will gain him more operational experience, which has been a goal of his.

No word on just what that will be, but multiple sources confirmed Comcast/NBCU was prepping the announcement of a new post for McSlarrow.

McSlarrow has served as president, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, overseeing public policy and business operations there, since joining the company in April 2011 from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, where he had been president since March 2005.

According to sources, executive vice president David Cohen will be assuming most of McSlarrow's public policy role for now, with former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, senior vice president of NBCU government affairs, reporting to Cohen. 

McSlarrow, in an interview with Multichannel News in the fall of 2010, said he told NCTA from the outset he wanted eventually to get into the operations side of the communications business. Looks like Comcast/NBCU has taken the next step in grooming him for bigger things at the company.

His name had been raised as a possible FCC chair under a Romney administration, but a source close to McSlarrow nixed that speculation last week, with an exclamation point likely coming with the expected announcement.

McSlarrow knows all about overseeing large budgets and staffs. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, which boasted more than 100,000 employees and a budget of $23 billion, according to his Comcast bio.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.