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WICT Announces 2013 Best Companies for Women in Cable

Comcast, Cox, NBCUniversal Earn Top Spots


Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the honorees of its Best Companies for Women in Cable, based on results of the 2013 WICT PAR Survey. After each survey is conducted, distinguished operators and programmers are recognized as the highest achievers based on the survey data. This year two companies tied for the first-place position of Best Operator, Comcast and Cox Communications. NBCUniversal attained the first-place position of Best Programmer. 

The PAR Survey gauges gender-related qualitative and quantitative employee data, and assesses companies' practices as to how they support Pay equity, Advancement opportunities, and Resources for work/life support. Mercer, a leading global consultant on human capital issues, gathered and analyzed the data, creating an executive report that will be available in December 2013 on WICT’s web site, www.wict.org. This year marks the tenth anniversary and the ninth cycle of the PAR Initiative, which is now administered biennially.

In all, 25 companies participated in the survey, representing 59% of the overall cable work force. Top positions for MSOs and Programmers are as follows:

The 2013 Best Operators for Women in Cable are:

First place Comcast and Cox Communications
Second place Bright House Networks
Third place Time Warner Cable
Fourth place Midcontinent Communications
Fifth place Suddenlink Communications

The 2013 Best Programmers for Women in Cable are:

First place NBCUniversal
Second place Discovery Communications
Third place Disney ABC Television Group
Fourth place Scripps Networks Interactive
Fifth place Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

The PAR Survey is administered in partnership with the NAMIC AIM Survey. The PAR Initiative is underwritten by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and supported by each of WICT’s local chapters.

"This is the 10th year of the PAR Initiative, and as the industry continues to raise the bar on equitable gender employment standards, the data over time shows gains for women in several key areas, including a higher percentage of women at the executive and senior levels," said Parthavi Das, WICT Chief of Staff. "However, promotion rates are lower for women as compared to men and departure rates are higher, and the concern is that if the trend continues the number of women in management will decline over the next five years."

"We applaud those companies recognized as the best for women in cable. They offer great lessons that we will share as part of an ongoing advocacy campaign to help the industry absorb and enact best practices," added Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT, "We appreciate the commitment of time and resources that companies dedicated to participating in the PAR Initiative this year. We are also grateful to NAMIC for their partnership, as well as to the Walter Kaitz Foundation and the WICT local chapters for their support of PAR."

Initial findings from the 2013 PAR Initiative were released during a joint Town Hall with NAMIC, as part of Diversity Week. The Executive Summary may be downloaded from www.wictparinitiative.org; a full report will be released later this year.

About WICT's PAR Initiative
Since 2003, the WICT PAR Initiative has measured the status of women employees in the cable industry based on three main criteria: Pay equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life integration.  A comprehensive advocacy program helping companies to set goals, institutionalize policies, measure progress and achieve results, the PAR Initiative showcases best practices in achieving stronger gender diversity.  With a goal to improve diversity metrics for women, the PAR Initiative is supported by all of WICT's local chapters and is underwritten by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The PAR Survey is administered in partnership with the NAMIC AIM Survey.

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast|NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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