Pay-TV Research Pioneer Paul Kagan Dies

Paul Kagan, whose Carmel. Calif.-based cable TV research firm, Paul Kagan & Associates, morphed into one of the industry’s top analysis companies, has died at the age of 82. Kagan’s family, in an online obituary, announced his passing on Aug. 23 of kidney failure.

Kagan devised ways to value pay-TV operators and media companies beyond their profit-and-loss statements. His company at one time published 38 newsletters and held myriad industry confabs annually. In 2000, Kagan sold his firm to Primedia, launching PK Worldwide Media. MCG Capital subsequently acquired the company, renaming it Kagan Research LLC. It was later sold to SNL Financial and renamed Kagan, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Kagan was named to The Cable Center Hall of Fame in 2011.

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