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Charter CEO Carl Vogel Resigns

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis-based Charter Communications announced this morning that company president and CEO Carl Vogel has resigned. No reason was given for the resignation.

Vogel has headed up the company since October, 2001.

Robert May will become the company's interim President and CEO. He's currently on Charter's Board of Directors and is also chairman of the Board of HealthSouth Corporation.

Charter has more than 6.5 million cable customers in more than 140 markets, including a 550,000 in St. Louis.

The news comes as the company's former chief operating officer is set to go to trial next month.

Former Charter Communications vice president James Smith, III, pleaded guilty earlier this month to inflating the cable company's subscriber numbers. Smith was the third top executive to plead guilty in the case that was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI.

The executives allegedly instructed employees to delay disconnecting customers. That led to the inflation in subscriber numbers.

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