CABLE CONGRESS 2013 – LONDON. As Neil Berkett prepares to depart the stage, the man who has arguably been the most successful CEO in UK cable said he was immensely proud of what has been built at Virgin Media.Personally I think Berkett has done a fine job. If you look at where he started from with the newly merged NTL and Telewest, a single HD channel broadcasting just in the evenings, junk bond value, annual losses and high churn, and set-top boxes out performed by Freeview cheapies, we should all be grateful. Of course we're not, we never are, but I think he's done a fine job. Thank you Mr Berkett.
“We didn’t know the value would be created with Liberty Global. It was Absolutely the right decision for our shareholders, our employees, and most importantly our customers. Superfast communications are as important to national success as canals and railways were in the past. the cable sector has not only avoided the recession but has grown. Our services are the new arteries of the economy. Without our commitment the digital infrastructure would not be as developed as it is. Cable is a slow starter in many countries. In the UK we were comprehensively left behind by satellite.”
(Now can we please have Sky Atlantic as a parting gift?)