June , 06 , 2001
  • FCC Chairman Michael Powell to Keynote Tuesday General Session
  • Senate Majority Leader Daschle and House Speaker Hastert Visit Convention Monday
  • A ‘Who’s Who’ of Industry Leaders on Speaking Agenda

  • Washington, D.C. – The National Cable & Telecommunications Association today announced that Gerald Levin, CEO of AOL-Time Warner will join Larry King for an in-depth conversation about the future of cable at the closing general session of Cable 2001, NCTA’s 50th Annual Convention and International Exposition, in Chicago, IL.

    "AOL-Time Warner is a programming leader and is also the nation’s second largest cable system operator. I can think of no one better than Jerry Levin to have the final word at the National Show," said Robert Sachs, NCTA President and CEO.

    Sachs said that the Cable 2001 convention theme "We’re Making Broadband Happen," will be discussed by speakers and panels throughout the four-day event. "Cable is ready to meet the telecommunications challenges of the 21st Century. We have two-way broadband technology, the most critically-acclaimed programming, and we’re providing advanced services that consumers want," Sachs continued.

    On Monday, June 11, at 11:00 a.m., House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will cut the ribbon officially opening the Cable 2001 exhibition floor, followed immediately by a press availability and tour of the floor. Hastert will be followed by the new Senate Majority Leader, Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), who will address invited guests at NCTA’s Public Policy Luncheon. On Tuesday morning, FCC Chairman Michael Powell will address convention delegates in a keynote address.

    Other Cable 2001 highlights include:

    Opening Plenary – Sunday, June 10
    Char Beales, President and CEO, CTAM
  • George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc.
  • Steve Burke, President, Comcast Cable
  • Patrick Esser, EVP, Operations, Cox Communications, Inc.
  • Richard Green, President and CEO, CableLabs
  • Kim Kelly, EVP, CFO & COO, Insight Communications, Inc.

  • Opening General – Monday, June 11
    Jerry Kent, President and CEO, Charter Communications, Inc.
    State of the Industry: Robert Sachs, President and CEO, NCTA
    Moderator: Sue Herera, Anchor, Business Center, CNBC
  • C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • Mel Karmazin, President and COO, Viacom, Inc.
  • Jerry Kent, President and CEO, Charter Communications, Inc.
  • Brian Roberts, President, Comcast Corporation

  • General Session – Tuesday, June 12
    Joseph Collins, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable
    Keynote: Michael Powell, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
    Moderator: Jeff Greenfield, Senior Analyst, CNN
  • Carole Black, President and CEO, Lifetime Entertainment Services
  • Nickolas Davatzes, President and CEO, A&E Television Networks
  • Jon DeVaan, SVP, Microsoft TV Division, Microsoft
  • Dan Somers, President and CEO, AT&T Broadband
  • Maggie Wilderotter, President and CEO, Wink Communications
  • Michael Willner, President, Insight Communications, Inc.

  • Closing General Session – Wednesday, June 13
    Larry King, CNN
    Guest: Gerald Levin, Chief Executive Officer, AOL-Time Warner

    "Our line-up of speakers underscores the message that cable is not just the best programming on television – cable is now digital video, video-on-demand, high-speed Internet, and local phone service. We are truly making broadband happen," concluded Sachs.

    Additional, up-to-the-minute Cable 2001 information, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official web site (; from the Cable 2001 Fax on Demand Hotline (732/544-2514); or from the NCTA’s Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).
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