FOR RELEASE: October 22, 2021

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., October 22, 2021 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement in response to the announcement by NCTA executive Rob Stoddard that he plans to retire on Jan. 3, 2022:

“Rob Stoddard will be sorely missed, not just by the cable industry, but by everyone across the media realm and in government who has had the good fortune of knowing him.

“Rob has earned the respect of the cable industry as an outstanding advocate for NCTA and its members, yet he’s one of those rare persons who is admired far beyond a single industry for his ability to build bridges and create synergies.

“Rob has always appreciated the importance of the media and a strong First Amendment in our democracy.  He’s been a great supporter of organizations, including The Media Institute, that work to support a free press and excellence in journalism.

“We will miss Rob tremendously but we wish him a very happy and fulfilling retirement – certainly well deserved after 36 years.”

Rob Stoddard currently serves as senior vice president of industry and association affairs at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association.

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