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NCTA Taps Top Democratic Staffer Assey

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association hired a top Democratic congressional staffer to help make the case for cable-friendly policies in Washington.

James M. Assey Jr., former senior Democratic counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee, was named executive vice president, effective Feb. 1. He will be second-in-command to NCTA president Kyle McSlarrow and succeeds David Krone, who joined Comcast as senior VP, corporate affairs.

Assey's Commerce Committee resume includes telecommunications counsel to former Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) and most recently top media and communications counsel to Committee chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

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.