Changes at Cablevision: Its a family affair

Tom Paine

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Cablevision, the Long Island-based cable and broadband provider, announced today that Brian G. Sweeney has ben appointed President and Kristin A. Dolan has been named Chief Operating Officer. These appointments are effective immediately, the company says, and Mr. Sweeney and Ms. Dolan will report to Cablevision Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan, who will no longer serve as president. The Dolan family financially controls Cablevision.

Kristin A. Dolan
Ms. Dolan, who has been with Cablevision for over two decades and has been a key executive as well as a board member, is the wife of James Dolan. Sweeney is married to Deborah Dolan-Sweeney, James Dolan's sister, who is also a director of the company. Cablevision was founded by Charles Dolan, who is still chairman of the company.

The New York Post reported last year that James and Kristin Dolan had entered into a trial separation (confirmed to the Post by James Dolan), but apparently they are still married at this time. Cablevision declined to comment on their personal relationship.

The Dolan family also controls Madison Square Company along with the Knicks and Rangers.

There has been some limited speculation that Cablevision could factor into the consolidation efforts taking place in the industry.

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