Rob Kennedy

Title: President/co-CEO, C-SPAN
Education: MBA, University of Chicago
Years in Cable: 34
Best Advice: Look both ways. Keep a safe distance.

Susan Swain

Title: President/co-CEO, C-SPAN
Education: BA, University of Scranton
Years in Cable: 32
Best Advice: Be cautious when answering goofy questions on questionnaires.

2013 was the first full calendar year Swain and Kennedy served as co-presidents and co-CEOs of C-SPAN. Best known for live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the US Congress—one of last year’s highlights being Senator Rand Paul’s 12-hour and 52-minute filibuster—Swain and Kennedy embody C-SPAN’s mission to provide Americans with objective information, including the C-SPAN Video Library that in 2013 became the largest accessible political collection in the world, with 200,000-plus hours of programming. They also launched a documentary series, “First Ladies: Image & Influence,” hosted by Swain herself.

Swain

I watch the majority of programming on this device: VOD via my HD TV

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Downton Abbey”

Twitter or Instagram? Definitely Twitter

My favorite newfound hobby: My Fitbit

Favorite Cable Show memory: the iPad band—wow that amazed me!

I wish Congress would just… allow C-SPAN to put our own cameras in their chambers

Justin Bieber or Miley? Really?

Oscars or Grammys? Oscars

The last time I had a good laugh: about an hour ago

The day we get multiplatform measurement is the day I… feel great about all the different ways customers are connecting with us.

Kennedy

I watch the majority of programming on this device: 4×3 CRT (old xchool!)

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Continued advances in customer interfaces and navigation.

TV show I’d most like to have a cameo in: “Undercover Boss”

John, Paul, George or Ringo? Billy Preston

Twitter or Instagram? Twitter, but Instagram is gaining fast.

My favorite newfound hobby: Helping to choose our on-air music.

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: Auto authentication

Favorite Cable Show memory: It’s gotta be… the Battle of the Bands.

Oscars or Grammys? Grammys

Favorite Restaurant: Norb Andy’s

Favorite vacation spot: OBX

Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity chef: This would never happen. Ever.

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