Burke, Roberts know: It pays to be a cable exec

Former Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) COO and now president of NBCUniversal Steve Burke made more money last year than his boss, Comcast Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts. The difference--at least on the level of pay where these men sit--was pocket change as Burke raked in $34.74 million to Roberts' $31.05 million in a total compensation package.

Others in Comcast's top five weren't applying for food stamps, either. CFO Michael Angelakis banked $21.55 million; EVP David Cohen got $12.69 million and general counsel Arthur Block got $4.23 million--actually down from the $6.15 million he earned in 2009.

While the compensation put Comcast's top players ahead of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) Chief Executive Robert Iger ($28 million) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes ($26.3 million) it left them far in the dust behind Viacom (NYSE: VIA) CEO Philippe Dauman, who pocketed $84.5 million (that's not a typo) and his second in command, Thomas Dooley, whose package came to $64.7 million.

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