Comcast Chief Heads US Media Exec Pay League

06 December 2005

Latest pay figures for top US media executives show Comcast supremo Brian Roberts topping the heap for 2004 with remuneration of $33.5 million (€28.6m; £19.3m).

The president of the nation's largest cable company was closely followed in the compensation league by James Robbins, president/ceo of rival Cox Communications with a £29.4m package. After him came veteran Viacom chairman Sumner M Redstone ($28.3m) and News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch ($23.6m).

Magazine companies produced just one major earner in the person of Harold McGraw III, chairman/ceo of McGraw-Hill, with $16.7m. His peers in the magazine business were rewarded on a less lavish scale: Meredith boss William Kerr made $4.41m; Susan Lyne, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia president/ceo, collected $4.29m, while outgoing Reader's Digest boss Thomas Ryder earned $4.22m in 2004.

Among newspaper publishers, battling with migrating advertising revenues, EW Scripps president/ceo Kenneth Lowe made $6.23m; Gannett' boss Douglas McCorkindale took home $5.84m while Lee Enterprises chairman/president Mary Junck pocketed $5.24m.

Of industry association honchos, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association 2004 president/ceo Robert Sachs's total compensation was $1.49m. (He has now been replaced by Kyle McSlarrow.)

Data sourced from; additional content by WARC staff