The National Cable Television Cooperative NCTC has named Rich Fickle its new president and chief executive officer. In this role, he will oversee NCTC’s overall strategic direction and day-to-day operations and lead the membership organization’s efforts to further enhance its buying and technology sourcing services.
Fickle is a 30-year industry veteran who has worked extensively with a broad array of cable operators, programmers, studios and technology providers. He joined Ascent Media in 2001, and served in several executive leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president of Cable/Telco VOD and TVE Services for Deluxe Entertainment, which acquired Ascent in January 2011.
Previously, he was senior vice president/general manager of Headend in the Sky (HITS) and Interactive TV for AT&T Broadband, with significant focus on the independent cable operators who became loyal customers of the service. Under Fickle’s leadership, HITS’ services were deployed by a majority of the industry’s cable operators and programmers. The HITS platform required developing new distribution solutions involving a number of suppliers working together.
Fickle replaces Jeff Abbas, who served as NCTC’s President and CEO from 2005 until his resignation in March, 2011.
Interim CEO Tom Gleason, one of NCTC’s founding members, stated: “We have been fortunate to benefit from two strong leaders during NCTC’s 27 years. We are confident Rich will lead the NCTC and our members through the many purchasing and business changes and challenges facing independent operators today. We are excited for members to meet Rich at the upcoming Independent Show in San Francisco on July 24-27, 2011.”
Fickle will begin his new role on July 5, 2011. Fickle has an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Denver.