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Michael S. Willner spent his entire career in the cable television industry. He co-founded Insight Communications in 1985 and served as its CEO, a director and vice chairman of the board until the company was sold to Time Warner Cable in February, 2012.

As a young boy in Miami, Florida, Michael had a fascination with the television business at a very early age. He often rode his bicycle to the local NBC affiliate after school where the staff allowed him to help out in the studio while they produced and aired a live children's puppet show and the local news. Michael began his career in 1974 as the program director and news reporter for a small suburban New York cable system after graduating from the Boston University College of Communications. Soon after, he shifted his focus to general management and eventually became the chief operating officer of Vision Cable Communications, a cable company owned by a division of Newhouse Newspapers.

After starting Insight Communications, Michael quickly developed his hands-on style of management as CEO. He is a firm believer in open, honest communication. He personally ensured that employees and customers were always well-informed and had input and influence over important Company decisions. This commitment led to a secondary career - that of a leading man in a number of Insight television commercials in which he comfortably played himself with a great sense of self-deprecating humor.

Michael also became very active in industry affairs and has been one of cable's most active and effective ambassadors on Capitol Hill, testifying regularly before Congress on industry issues and pending legislation. He has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry's trade lobby and currently served on its executive committee for many years. Michael also served as chairman of the board of the Cable Center from 2007 through 2011. He served on the executive committee of CableLabs; on the board of directors of C-SPAN, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.

A recipient of the NCTA's 2004 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership and a 2005 inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Michael has yet to achieve his greatest goal of winning an Emmy for his leading role in Insight's commercials.

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Ple

Look, at least you don't have Cablevision. Back when I lived in Rockland County, I (and every other subscriber) were seebjctud to its nasty little fights with a few channels. For a quick second we weren't sure if we would continue getting the Food Network (even though we'd already paid for it). Then Cablevision and ABC got into a nasty spat; it reached a fever pitch when ABC had a temper tantrum and their service right before the Academy Awards. Subscribers complained enough however, so we got to see most of it, but I'm still annoyed it happened.

ARGO

Cable "à la carte" would fix this real fast.

Thomas

the reason why he posts about other cable providers like time warner comcast and cablevision is simply because those same things happen to him and insight customers when these contracts are up and the rebroadcasters are behind the 8 ball when it comes to the prices they are force to pay. so in short if you want your cable bills to stay low without big hikes make a stand call these broadcasters its not cable that makes the bills go up its the broadcasters that force cable to pay more and cable has to raise their rates to turn a profit or to simply to keep their doors open like for instance the GSN channel that insight choose to keep their rates down instead of keeping that station which if they had would have raised everyones bill 3 dollars a month for 1 station to put that into perspective insight has lets say 2 million subscribers for for numbers thats 6 million a month insight would have to pay 1 station let alone the other 200+ they have so please take interest and make a stand like our CEO has

Insight Customer in Louisville

The dispute between Fox and Cablevision is interesting, but extended discussion of it seems a bit out of place on a blog that concerns Insight, unless we ALSO get some Insight-related posts.

For example? What do you think about the FCC's decision last week affecting CableCard users? Will Insight embrace customer choice and self-install?

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