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Cablevision Announces Executive Leadership Changes

  Cablevision Announces Executive Leadership Changes

                     Brian G. Sweeney Appointed President

                Kristin A. Dolan Named Chief Operating Officer

Business Wire

BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- April 9, 2014

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) today announced the promotions of
two long-time senior executives. Brian G. Sweeney has been named President and
Kristin A. Dolan has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of
Cablevision Systems Corporation. Along with these new positions, both were
elected executive officers of the Company. These leadership appointments are
effective immediately and Mr. Sweeney and Ms. Dolan will report to Cablevision
Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan. Mr. Dolan will no longer serve as
president of the Company.

Brian G. Sweeney (Photo: Business Wire)

Brian G. Sweeney (Photo: Business Wire)

As President, Mr. Sweeney, who has been with Cablevision for more than two
decades, will continue to work closely with Cablevision’s CEO on the long-term
strategic direction and the overall management of the Company. He will also
work with Ms. Dolan and the Company’s other senior executives on the
day-to-day oversight of the Company’s operations. He maintains direct
oversight of the Company’s key strategic initiatives, the engineering,
technology and business intelligence groups as well as Cablevision’s local
media properties, including Newsday Media Group and News 12 Networks.

In addition to working with the Cablevision senior executive team on the
long-term strategy of the Company, Ms. Dolan, a 24-year veteran of
Cablevision, will lead all aspects of the Company’s cable operations as chief
operating officer. This includes responsibility for the entire Optimum
customer experience from network management and product development to
marketing and customer and field service for the Company’s residential and
commercial Optimum TV digital cable, Optimum Online high-speed Internet and
Optimum voice products. She also will continue to oversee Cablevision Media
Sales, the Company’s advertising sales division.

In addition to his ongoing role as Cablevision Vice Chairman and Chief
Financial Officer, Gregg Seibert will continue to oversee the Lightpath
business.

Cablevision CEO James L. Dolan stated, “Brian and Kristin have each played
critical senior roles in our efforts over the past two years to reposition
Cablevision as a leader in customer service and product innovation in this
industry. Their decades of experience, strong leadership, technical expertise
and sharp business acumen have helped to propel Cablevision forward during a
time of great change.”

Regarding Mr. Sweeney, James Dolan said, “For more than 20 years, Brian has
consistently demonstrated superb judgment as he acquired a deep understanding
of our business, and built strong relationships internally and across the
industry. He has worked by my side helping to drive the operational
initiatives and the cultural change needed to achieve our goals. I have
confidence in Brian’s exceptional capabilities and in his clear vision of
Cablevision’s future prospects.”

Regarding Kristin Dolan, Mr. Dolan said, “Kristin has effectively guided a
complete transformation of the Optimum experience for our customers in a
fiercely competitive environment. She has a keen grasp of every aspect of the
cable and advertising sales operations and a core commitment to putting the
customer at the forefront of everything we do. As we move to capitalize on the
significant opportunities that lie ahead for Cablevision, I am certain that
Kristin will continue to provide exemplary leadership and operational focus as
we work to meet our customers’ evolving expectations.”

Said Mr. Sweeney, “During the last two years, Cablevision has made substantial
progress towards becoming a more efficient, customer-focused organization. I
look forward to continuing my work with Jim and the entire leadership team to
accelerate innovation as we identify emerging trends and opportunities for
long-term, sustainable growth – for our employees, our customers and our
shareholders.”

Ms. Dolan added, “I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and
Cablevision’s future holds even more promise. Looking ahead, we will continue
our efforts to deliver superior value and service to Optimum customers by
providing expanded connectivity, unmatched products and peerless service.
Those features will differentiate the Optimum experience for current and
future customers.”

Brian Sweeney

Mr. Sweeney, 49, has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining
Cablevision more than two decades ago. Most recently, he served as senior
executive vice president, strategy and chief of staff to the CEO, overseeing
corporate strategy and the Company’s key growth initiatives as well as the
long-term planning process. Over the past two years, working closely with the
CEO, Mr. Sweeney has driven operational efficiency and strategic alignment
across all areas of the company.

Prior to this role, he served as senior vice president of e-media, where he
helped to develop and execute the Company’s technology and engineering
objectives, and provided development and operational support for Cablevision’s
interactive and mobile applications, its broadband video delivery systems, and
the consumer-oriented websites. Mr. Sweeney began his career in 1993 at
Cablevision's programming division Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks) as vice
president of information systems. While in this role, he was responsible for
all application development and information systems support for the
Rainbow-managed cable networks.

Mr. Sweeney serves as a member of Cablevision's board of directors, and is
also on the board of directors at AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden
Company. He received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from
the University of Virginia.

Kristin Dolan

A 24-year company veteran, Ms. Dolan, 48, most recently served as President of
Optimum Services where she was responsible for the Optimum products, brand
positioning and customer service. She led the Company’s efforts to transform
the customer experience by introducing new products and product enhancements,
including faster broadband speeds, the full deployment of the Onyx platform
and an enhanced multi-room DVR product. Additionally, she has been
instrumental in guiding Cablevision’s large-scale expansion of its Optimum
WiFi network and continued investment in Cablevision’s broadband product.

Prior to this role, Ms. Dolan was senior executive vice president, product
management, marketing and development, and led the reimaging and
reintroduction of the Optimum brand as well as numerous product and service
advancements.

Ms. Dolan began her career in 1990 with Cablevision’s Rainbow Media (now AMC
Networks). She worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions with
increasing levels of responsibility. In 2000, she joined Cablevision as vice
president of field communications and was later named vice president of
digital product management, where she led the development, launch and
continued evolution of the company’s Optimum TV digital cable service. Ms.
Dolan was then appointed senior vice president of digital product management,
responsible for the Cablevision’s digital and analog video products, its
high-speed Internet product and the strategic direction for the launch of
Optimum Voice in 2003.

Ms. Dolan serves as a member of Cablevision's board of directors, and is also
on the board of directors at AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden
Company. She received her M.S. in publishing with a concentration in marketing
from Pace University and a B.A. in English from the State University of New
York at Albany. She is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in English
literature.

About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and
telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses
throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep
customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable
television, high-speed Internet and phone services as well as Optimum WiFi,
the nation's most robust wireless Internet network. Cablevision’s Lightpath
subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications
solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming
properties – News 12 Networks, Newsday Media Group and MSG Varsity –
Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the
communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available
at www.cablevision.com.

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Contact:

Cablevision Systems Corporation
Kelly McAndrew, 516-803-2351
kmcandre@cablevision.com

Lisa Anselmo, 516-803-2362
lanselmo@cablevision.com
 
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