Bush’s ex-PR head Beckwith joins NCTA

WASHINGTON, DC: Former George W. Bush communications manager David Beckwith - exiled from the campaign following clashes with some influential members of the Bush High Command - has landed on his feet at the National Cable Television Association (NCTA).

WASHINGTON, DC: Former George W. Bush communications manager David Beckwith - exiled from the campaign following clashes with some influential members of the Bush High Command - has landed on his feet at the National Cable Television Association (NCTA).

WASHINGTON, DC: Former George W. Bush communications manager David

Beckwith - exiled from the campaign following clashes with some

influential members of the Bush High Command - has landed on his feet at

the National Cable Television Association (NCTA).



Beckwith, who joins the organization as VP for communications, is a

significant and prestigious addition to the NCTA staff. His hiring is

part of a new effort to separate the group’s communications from its

public affairs functions.



Beckwith arrives at a time when the cable industry faces new legislative

and regulatory battles with alliances of phone companies and Internet

service providers. The group’s president, Robert Sachs, has gone on the

record with his belief that PR will play a big part in the debate.



Beckwith is a veteran PR professional who brings with him experience in

both the corporate and political worlds. A former Time political writer,

Beckwith had previously been press secretary for Vice President Dan

Quayle and communications director for Texas senator Kay Bailey

Hutchison. Before joining the Bush campaign, Beckwith had been director

of government relations for EDS.



Jim Ewalt becomes the new VP of public affairs, overseeing the NCTA’s

programs to promote critical television viewing skills among families,

guarantee on-time service by the cable industry and provide Internet

connections between schools and libraries.



Ewalt was previously EVP of the Cable Telecommunications

Association.



When the CTA merged with the NCTA, Ewalt served a brief tenure as acting

special counsel before ascending to his current post.



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