Cable Pioneer Ralph Roberts Dies


ralph-robertsCable TV pioneer and Comcast founder Ralph J. Roberts has died. He was 95.

In 1963, Mr. Roberts, then a Muzak salesman, invested in a 1,200-subscriber television system in Tupelo, MS. That system later became Comcast which today has 27.2 million subscribers and produced $68.8 billion in revenue in 2014, the company said. Comcast is also one of the largest residential telephone providers in the United States.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, the host of the Comcast Network program Seeking Solutions With Suzanne; two daughters, Catherine Clifton and Lisa Roberts; two sons, Brian and Ralph Jr.; and eight grandchildren. His son Douglas died in 2011.