Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says former Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt was a giant in the cable industry.
Roberts spoke with Roma Torre of Time Warner Cable News NY1 Wednesday after Britt's passing. Britt, who spent more than 40 years with TWC, the last 12 as CEO, died Wednesday at the age of 65.
"He really was one of the architects of the entire (cable) world as we know it today," said Roberts, who worked with Britt on cable industry initiatives for more than 30 years. "He believed in building fiber optics and putting them into our systems when nobody else did; he thought of the right technical answers; he had that sense between technology and what a customer wanted."
Roberts, whose company is in the process of acquiring Time Warner Cable, said that Britt approached him some time ago about merging TWC, the nation's second-largest cable company, with Comcast, which is the largest.
"He came to me late in his career and said, 'I think at one point, we should try to put our companies together,' Roberts recalled. "It wasn't the right time for us, but he was really the person who had this idea."
Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable was announced in February, six weeks after Britt retired. The acquisition is expected to be completed around the end of the year.
"There's a lot to love about what he accomplished in his career and how he conducted himself in the best of times and the toughest of times," Roberts said. "He was a gentleman -- calm, purposeful and smart."
"The entire cable industry mourns the loss of a real legend."