Comcast just announced a noteworthy change to its board of directors. Johnathan Rodgers, who retired in July as CEO of TV One, joined today, replacing 10-year board member Decker Anstrom, Comcast says in an SEC filing. The one-time cable industry lobbyist and former chief of the Weather Channel left on Tuesday, the company says, “in order to satisfy other professional commitments that, among other things, will involve significant foreign travel.” (Comcast now controls NBCUniversal, which owns the Weather Channel.) Comcast says that Rodgers, like Anstrom, will be considered an “independent” director as defined by NASDAQ Global Select Market rules as well as the cable company’s corporate governance standards. But he has deep and long-standing ties to Comcast: The cable giant and Radio One co-own TV One, which Rodgers joined in 2003 after running Discovery Networks U.S. for six years and spending 20 years at CBS.
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