Former FCC chmn Michael Powell has joined Providence Equity Partners as a sr adviser on technology and regulatory issues in media and communications. The buyout firm manages funds with more than $9bln in equity commitments. Significant investments include MGM, Nextel, PanAmSat and Bresnan Broadband. — Former Voyant exec James McGann was named vp, Charter Business. — Knology upped M. Todd Holt to CFO.

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TPG-DirecTV Deal Close?

TPG’s rumored purchase of a minority stake in DirecTV from AT&T could be announced as soon as this week, CNBC reported Tuesday.

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