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Charter taps TV veteran to lead original content push

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Charter Communications, Inc. announced Friday that it has hired TV veteran Katherine Pope to lead original content, a new role for the company. Pope will oversee the creation and launch of a slate of new original programming. The telecom giant previously announced original content partnerships with AMC and Viacom.

Why it matters: The investment in Pope — who's led a number of high-profile TV studios including NBC Universal's TV studio — shows Charter's commitment to distributing its own content first through its own pipes to consumers. The effort by telecom companies to combine pipes and content is becoming increasingly popular, especially in light of telecom deregulation under the Trump Administration.