CABLE PROGRAMMERS TO BE PROMINENT AT NATIONAL SHOW

TOP EXECUTIVES CHERNIN, FRESTON, HENDRICKS, IGER AND KELLNER TO HEADLINE PROGRAMMER SESSION

Washington, D.C. -
All major cable programming networks will participate in Cable 2002, the 51st Annual Convention and International Exposition sponsored by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), NCTA said today. Cable 2002 opens May 5, 2002, at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NCTA also announced the line-up for the Tuesday, May 7, Cable 2002 General Session that will further highlight the contribution of cable's programming and content.

"We're delighted to have strong participation by all the major programmers," said Barbara York, NCTA Senior Vice President of Industry Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer. "More than ever, cable is setting the standard for providing exciting, high-quality programming and content to American viewers."

York said NCTA's decision to offer "executive suites" on the Exhibition Floor has been a popular move that has facilitated participation by many networks. York noted that at the corporate level, 14 networks opted for the suites, while 31 will return in traditional exhibit booths.

Tuesday General Session to Feature Top Programming Executives


The Cable 2002 General Session on Tuesday, May 7th, will include some of television's top executives. Highlighting the challenges and opportunities cable programmers and operators face in an increasingly competitive television industry, the session will feature the following panel:
  • Peter Chernin, President and COO, News Corporation; and Chairman and CEO, Fox Group
  • Tom Freston, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks
  • John Hendricks, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Robert Iger, President, COO, and Director, Walt Disney Company
  • Jamie Kellner, Chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
"Programming is clearly one of the crown jewels of the cable industry - and the National Show will reflect this," York continued. "The caliber of our speakers underscores the importance of cable programming to our industry's future."

Additional, up-to-the-minute Cable 2002 information, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official web site, www.cable2002.com; from the Cable 2002 Fax on Demand Hotline (732/544-2514); or from the NCTA's Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).

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