Out with the old, in with the new

Jim Barthold


Jimmy Dugan: "There's no crying in baseball."

Jimmy Barthold: "There are no valedictories in journalism."

With that, I present my last non-sequitur as editor of FierceCable. Today marks my last day as editor of this estimable publication (or whatever something's called when it's published online but not via a printing press).

Anyway, as always, I digress. Starting tomorrow I will embark on a new phase of my checkered career as a senior analyst with the NPD Group (as long as all the paperwork is completed correctly) and the ever-reliable, ever-accurate, ever-insightful Dan O'Shea will step into this spot to tell you we won't have an issue Monday because it's a holiday.

Dan brings a wealth of knowledge about telecommunications and, no doubt, a fresh view on a cable industry that seems to have forsaken its TV roots for broadband. I don't know about you, but I know I'll be reading every day. For now his presence will be temporary (so enjoy it while you can) as the folks at Fierce continue to search for a permanent editorial replacement.

So this is my valedictory column. It's likely I'll pop up occasionally-or more often than that-offering my pithy and sometimes totally irrelevant insights into the cable industry having had more than five minutes to chew on a subject from the analyst's perspective.--Jim