Now we know why Michael Powell never met a media merger he didn’t like. The chairman of the FCC under George W. Bush (and son of Colin Powell) replaces Kyle McSlarrow at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. McSlarrow last week left the trade group to became Comcast’s man in Washington. From the release:

As CEO for NCTA, Powell will serve as the cable industry’s leading advocate, spokesman, and representative in its relationship with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, the FCC, and other federal agencies. He will also manage the staff, programs, and initiatives of the Association. And, he will serve as an important strategic voice on the direction of the industry. Powell currently is a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and Honorary Co-Chair of Broadband for America. He begins his tenure at NCTA on April 25.