“Leading the Digital Revolution” Will Kick-Off
NCTA’s 52nd Annual Conference and Exposition

Washington, D.C. –
Four of the cable, entertainment and information industries’ most prominent leaders will headline “Leading the Digital Revolution,” the June 9th Opening General Session of The National Show, the 52nd annual conference and exposition of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). The National Show is scheduled for June 8-11, 2003, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The opening session will feature Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation; Mel Karmazin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Viacom Inc.; Richard Parsons, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman-Elect AOL Time Warner; and Brian Roberts, Chief Executive Officer and President, Comcast Corporation.

“Leading the Digital Revolution,” also the theme of this year’s Show, will commence at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, June 9, 2003. The session will focus on the business opportunities and challenges in the transition to digital television, as well as the relationship among the various marketplace segments that are bringing consumers benefits of the broadband digital platform deployed by the cable industry.

“This promises to be one of the best opening sessions ever at an NCTA Show,” said Robert Sachs, President & CEO, NCTA. “Having Brian Roberts, Dick Parsons, Bill Gates and Mel Karmazin together on stage will generate a lively and insightful exchange about how digital broadband technology is transforming our business,” said Sachs.

The panel discussion will follow introductory remarks by Matthew C. Blank, Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., and chairperson of The National Show, as well as keynote remarks by Mr. Sachs.

For further information on The National Show, and any of the above programs, visit the official web site (; or contact 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.