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Cable Executive compensationWhich pay TV distributor's CEO saw the highest rate of total compensation in 2011? While last year saw the usual multimillion-dollar compensation packages, sky-high jumps in compensation were not the norm.

In fact, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts took a 13 percent cut in compensation. Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), received 5.7 percent less compensation in 2011 compared to 2010. And DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) chief executive Michael D. White saw his total compensation nosedive to less than $6 million--largely because in 2010, his first year with the satellite operator, he received $27 million in stock and options for joining the company.

Michael Lovett, meantime, resigned his position at Charter (Nasdaq: CHTR) early this year. His replacement Tom Rutledge--one of the first among the recent pack of executives to leave Cablevision (NYSE: CVC)--took over in February.

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) CEOs' compensation was covered in our recent wireline compensation feature. The salary and compensation data in the table below was drawn from SEC filings.

Brian L. Roberts, Comcast

Total Compensation (2011): $26.9 million
Total Compensation (2010): $31 million
Salary: $2.8 million
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $24.13 million
Duration with company:  Since 1990

Brian Roberts, Comcast

Michael J. Lovett, Charter Communications

Total Compensation (2011): $20.54 million
Total Compensation (2010): $10.91 million
Salary: $1.3 million
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $19.24 million
Duration with company: Since 2003 (resigned Feb. 2012)

Mike Lovett, Charter

Glenn A. Britt, Time Warner Cable

Total Compensation (2011): $16.43 million
Total Compensation (2010): $17.42 million
Salary: $1.25 million
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $15. 18 million
Duration with company: Since 1990 (following Time's merger with Warner Communications; was with Time since 1972)

Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable

James L. Dolan, Cablevision

Total Compensation (2011): $11.45 million
Total Compensation (2010): $13.44 million
Salary: $1.75 million
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $9.7 million
Duration with company:  Since 2009 (Previously CEO of Rainbow Media, a Cablevision subsidiary now known as AMC Networks)

James Dolan, Cablevision

Joseph Clayton, Dish Network

Total Compensation (2011): $9.84 million
Total Compensation (2010):  n/a
Salary: $467,307
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $9.37 million
Duration with company: Since June 2011

Joseph Clayton, Dish

Michael D. White, DirecTV

Total Compensation (2011): $5.94 million
Total Compensation (2010): $32.93 million
Salary: $1.52 million
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $4.42 million
Duration with company: Since 2009

Michael White, DirecTV

Rodger L. Johnson, Knology

Total Compensation (2011): $3.13 million
Total Compensation (2010): $1.75 million
Salary: $556,756
Other Compensation (stock awards, bonuses, etc.): $2.57 million
Duration with company: Since 1999

Rodger Johnson, Knology