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The Cable Center appointed Leslie H. "Les" Read as Cable Center Ambassador, a newly created position. Read will communicate the center's mission and vision from all industry levels, the center says. Read most recently was VP at HBO, and retired in December. …

TV Guide International Inc. and Broadband Solutions Inc. inked a 10-year exclusivity deal, under which BSI will use the TV Guide Interactive IPG service in its digital packages. TV Guide is a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. and BSI provides digital content and delivery systems to cable operators in Korea. Terms are the customary licensing fees and revenue sharing, Gemstar says. …

Fiber Optek Interconnect Corp. says it's considering making an offer for Global Crossing Ltd. The privately owned developer and installer of fiber optic telecom networks, based in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., noted the company's strong cash flow, wide market reach and penetration. Fiber Optek is discussing financing with an institutional lender, it says, but is open to partners. …

ADC named Philip Styrlund as VP of global channel sales. He will oversee all channel sales strategies, including in North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Styrlund joined ADC in 1996 as regional VP of sales. …

Sunrise Telecom Inc. released the CM500IP Install Profiler, an installation meter that uses nonintrusive, in-band signals to range and register with the cable modem termination system, exercising the network connection to ensure safe operating parameters are met, without interfering with the network operations, the company says. The DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS cable modem, digital video and cable TV installation meter will demo at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany over the next few days. …

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