When she was asked to identify a rough spot in her career and what it taught
her, Charter Communications Inc. executive vice president and chief operating
officer Maggie Bellville replied Wednesday: "There have been a few days in the
past few months when I said, 'Whoa, where am I?’" -- four former Charter
executives have been indicted in an accounting scandal.
But, Bellville said, "I don't ever take on the victim mantra. We learn and go
Bellville joined magazine-publishing maven Bonnie Fuller and Kathy Dore,
president of Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.'s entertainment services, to address a
Women in Cable & Telecommunications luncheon in New York.
Dore is also no stranger to scandal. She added Rainbow's AMC and WE: Women's
Entertainment networks to her plate after Rainbow axed 14 employees back in June
over alleged accounting irregularities at AMC Networks.
When asked by Cable News Network anchor Soledad O'Brien, who moderated the
discussion, how she leads in difficult times, Dore said she tries to set
realistic expectations and communicate with staffers. "This is a period of time
-- as in most -- that will look different three, four, five years from now," she
When asked about her career mistakes, Fuller emphasized the importance of
cultivating good staffers.
Earlier in her career, when she was the top editor at Cosmopolitan,
then-start-up Maxim poached her two top deputies. Desperate to replace
them, she said, she made hiring decisions she would later regret. "I hadn't
developed an ever-greater depth of talent, so I was forced to make quick or
unwise choices," she added.