December 17, 2013

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The Glenn Britt Interview: Part 1, the Early Years

It’s hard to imagine now, when there are so many choices for watching your favorite shows, but there was a time when the idea that people might pay for TV seemed crazy.

That was the world Glenn Britt stepped into when he joined the nascent cable industry in the early 1970s.

“I thought our mission was to make this thing look better and get rid of it – it was losing a lot of money,” Glenn recalls of Manhattan Cable TV, which served the southern half of the New York City borough. Glenn’s employer, Time Inc., had invested in the company in the late 1960s and bought out the other investors in 1973.

“As it turned out,” he says, “we actually managed to turn it around. I don’t think (Time Warner Cable) would exist if that hadn’t happened.”

Four decades after his initial foray into a fledgling business, Glenn’s impact on the cable industry has been profound and is reflected in many of the technological innovations that define the communications marketplace today. As he prepares to retire at the end of this month as Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable, Glenn sat down with TWC’s Group VP for Public Affairs, Anthony Surratt, for an extended interview in which he talked about his career, his legacy, and the future of the industry he helped shape.

Today we’re proud to post on Untangled the first in a series of videos from this interview, featuring Glenn, in his own words, as well as a timeline of his career milestones. We hope you enjoy this look at a cable pioneer.


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