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CTHRA Study: Despite tough environment, cable pay practices unchanged

Mon, 11/11/2002 - 7:00pm
Duffy Hayes

Companies in the cable sector have been under increased pressure and scrutiny over the past year, but a new study measuring compensation trends shows that pay practices at the top cable companies haven't drastically changed during that time.

The research, which marks the 16th annual compensation study from the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), examines pay trends at 14 operators, including nine of the 10 largest U.S. MSOs. CTHRA will hold a detailed discussion of the results from this year's study at next month's Broadband Plus, the New Western Show, in Anaheim, Calif.

The study revealed that, over the past year, MSO merit raises remained almost the same, reduced just 1 percent overall, from this year compared to last. MSO bonuses showed a slight drop-off as well. The study also found that most advertising sales positions received incentive awards that were below target.

Additionally, the study noted that programmer production compensation varied greatly, with long-form producers commanding a premium in the range of 20 percent to 30 percent, and segment producers commanding the next highest salary level. For the first time this year, the CHTRA study included in the data pay trends for producers, writer/producers, designers, senior vice president and vice president production positions, editors and research analysts.

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