Spokesman Smith Leaves NCTA

Marc Osgoode Smith, a top spokesman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association for almost two years, has left the trade association, sources said Tuesday.

NCTA senior vice president of public relations Rob Stoddard would not confirm Smith's departure. "Marc is currently still employed by NCTA. Beyond that, we would not have any comment involving personnel," Stoddard said.

Other sources confirmed Smith's exit and offered that he would not be returning to NCTA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.

Smith was on vacation Tuesday. Reached for comment at home, he referred questions to the NCTA.

Smith, former editor in chief of CableFax Daily, joined the NCTA in January 2001. He was hired by president Robert Sachs in a move designed to raise the industry's profile in the media as a provider of video programming, high-speed-data and voice-telephony services.

Smith, a Washington, D.C., resident, is a 1993 graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio.