Raymond E. Joslin, former president and group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication and senior vice president and member of the board of directors of Hearst Corporation, died today in Greenwich, Conn. The cause was stomach cancer. He was 76.
Joslin was a cable television pioneer, a U.S. media ambassador and a corporate entrepreneur, having carved successful careers in both the cable television systems and cable programming industries. For more than 35 years, he built a career with a vision for growth, an eye for quality and a commitment to corporate excellence.
"There is no doubt that Ray left a remarkable imprint through his work in cable television," said Steven R. Swartz, president & CEO, Hearst Corporation. "He was a major player in the expansion of our company beyond a print-centric organization to a leader in cable networks, programming and syndication."
"I had the great pleasure of recruiting Ray to Hearst and working with him for more than 20 years," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., executive vice chairman, Hearst Corporation. "He was key to Hearst's collaboration in the founding of the A&E and Lifetime networks and was one of the most respected leaders in the industry. He was unrivaled in his success. Plus, he was a true gentleman and a loyal friend."
Joslin was an initial partner in Continental Cablevision, Inc., shortly after its formation in the mid-1960s. He was responsible for all areas of senior management, finance, marketing, franchising, system construction, joint-venture development and administration, cable network programming, made-for-television movie production, programming distribution and electronic publishing. During his career, he was either totally or substantially responsible for the franchising and construction of approximately 50 cable television systems and the formation of about 20 successful companies in the media and entertainment industry.
In 1980 and 1981, he served as president of the California Cable Television Association, the industry's largest state or regional trade association and, in 1969, the president of the Ohio Cable Television Association. He held various national and state industry positions including an appointment by the California legislature to the Senate-Assembly Joint Committee on Telecommunications.