Washington, D.C. –
Forty-nine panel sessions spanning eleven “tracks” of content comprise the final lineup of breakout sessions released today by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) for The National Show, NCTA’s 52nd Annual Convention & International Exposition, June 8-11, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

NCTA also unveiled its final plans today for the Show’s general sessions.

The 49 panel sessions comprise 11 special session tracks that have been designed to appeal to delegates by topic. These session tracks are:
  • Advertising
  • Consumer Technology
  • CTAM Broadband Opportunity Conference
  • Finance
  • Management & Operations
  • Marketing
  • NCTA Technical Papers
  • Programming & New Business
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
Complete details of panels and speakers will be documented in The National Show program that will be mailed this week to pre-registered attendees. The information also will be available onsite at the trade show. A listing of panels and Show activities meanwhile is available on-line at the official Web site of The National Show,

In addition, the final plans for the four general sessions and their blue ribbon speakers are as follows:

  • Sunday, June 8: Part 1 – Catching the Next Wave of Broadband Growth

    Speakers include Char Beales, President & CEO, CTAM (moderator); Pat Esser, EVP Operations, Cox Communications; Lisa Hook, President, AOL Broadband, Premium & Advanced Service, America Online; Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Associates, Inc.; Dean McDonald, COO & EVP, Rogers Cable Inc.; Douglas Shapiro, Managing Director, Banc of America; and Steve Wadsworth, President, Walt Disney Internet Group.

    Part 2 – Hi, Tech! The Floor is All Yours

    Speakers are Char Beales, President and CEO, CTAM (moderator); Dallas Clement, SVP Strategy and Development, Cox Communications; Mark Coblitz, SVP Strategic Planning, Comcast Corporation; Kevin Leddy, SVP Strategy and Development, Time Warner Cable; and Steve Silva, EVP & CTO, Charter Communications.

  • Monday, June 9: Leading the Digital Revolution

    Speakers include Lou Dobbs, Anchor & Managing Editor, Lou Dobbs Moneyline, CNN (moderator); Brian Roberts, President & CEO, Comcast Corp.; Richard Parsons, Chairman & CEO, AOL Time Warner Inc.; Mel Karmazin, President, COO, & Director, Viacom; and Bill Gates, Chairman & Chief Software Architect, Microsoft. Also featured will be addresses by Convention Chairman Matthew Blank, Chairman & CEO, Showtime and NCTA’s President & CEO Robert Sachs.

  • Tuesday, June 10: Through a Lens Brightly: The Changing Picture of Cable Programming

    Speakers include David Faber, Wall Street Correspondent, CNBC (moderator); Matthew Blank, Chairman & CEO, Showtime; George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. & President, ABC Sports; Mark Cuban, Co-Founder & President, HDNet; John Hendricks, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Discovery Communications; and Joshua Sapan, President & CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Also featured will be a special address by FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

  • Wednesday, June 11: The Magnificent Seven: Cable CEOs Saddle-Up for Business

    Speakers include Glenn Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable; Stephen Burke, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.; Rocco Commisso, Chairman & CEO, Mediacom, LLC; James Robbins, CEO, Cox; Tom Rutledge, President, Cable & Communications, Cablevision Systems Corp.; William Schleyer, Chairman & CEO, Adelphia; Carl Vogel, President, CEO & Director, Charter Communications.

  • NCTA also said it is offering a specially designed, two-day program track for system management executives at a substantially discounted rate. Participants in this program will start by attending a public policy luncheon on Tuesday, and will continue with special tours of the Show floor, their choice of sessions on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, and will conclude with the Closing General Session and Lunch. Cable system managers and executives can register for this program at the official Web site,

    “When coupled with an exciting exhibition floor, these programs demonstrate that The National Show offers something for everyone in cable,” said Barbara York, Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer, NCTA. “We deeply appreciate the commitment of so many prominent cable and telecommunications executives who will participate in our general and educational sessions.”

    In addition to the CTAM and SCTE session tracks listed above, and as reported previously, The National Show will feature activities or sessions co-sponsored by groups including the Bob Magness Institute (a partnership between the Cable Center and the University of Denver); Cable in the Classroom; the Cable Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA); the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB); Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs®); the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA); the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA); the National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC); the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE); the Walter Kaitz Foundation; and NCTA’s Office of Cable Signal Theft and Office of Rural and Small Systems.

    Additional, up-to-the-minute information for The National Show, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official Web site,; or from the NCTA’s Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).

    NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry.

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