Washington, D.C. –
A wide variety of cable industry organizations will co-sponsor events and programs at The National Show, NCTA’s 52nd Annual Convention & International Exposition, June 8 – 11, 2003, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The National Show this year will feature activities co-sponsored by groups including the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE); the Walter Kaitz Foundation; The Cable Center; the Cable Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA); the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA); the National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC); NCTA’s Office of Cable Signal Theft; the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB); the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM); and Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs®).

The National Show is the one event that links every corner of the cable industry,” said Barbara York, Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer, NCTA. “It’s an important opportunity for our industry to share and display its strengths, and our goal is to create an agenda that will appeal to a broad cross section of cable professionals. This year, with the wide participation of industry partners, we’ve clearly succeeded.”

All of the following programs are available to qualified delegates at no additional cost.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) – Two first-ever, unique sessions sponsored by SCTE will be held at The National Show:
  • “Operación Español,” Sunday, June 8th, is a technology update that will be presented entirely in Spanish.

  • “SCTE on Standards,” Wednesday, June 11th, will feature John Clark, President & CEO, SCTE; David Fellows, Chief Technical Officer, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.; Richard Green, President & CEO, CableLabs, Inc.; Stephen Oksala, Vice President, Standards, SCTE; and William Check, VP, Science & Technology, NCTA.
SCTE is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to advancing the careers of cable telecommunications professionals and serving the industry through excellence in providing technical training, certification and standards.

Walter Kaitz Foundation Supplier Diversity Connection Program – In an effort to expand the cable industry’s circle of suppliers to include more minority- and women-owned businesses, the NCTA and the Walter Kaitz Foundation will host the Supplier Diversity Connection Program on Tuesday, June 10. Registrants of the Supplier Diversity Connection will receive a complimentary two-day pass to attend the convention. For more information, please contact NCTA’s Public Affairs Department at (202) 775-3680. (Please note there is NO on-site registration for this program.)

12th Annual Academic Seminar – NCTA and The Cable Center will hold the 12th Annual Academic Seminar on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. The 1½-day program is presented by the Bob Magness Institute, a partnership between The Cable Center and the University of Denver, and it is designed for those in the academic community interested in cable and telecommunications across a variety of disciplines. The program will present an innovative look at issues facing an ever-changing industry, including technical, legislative/regulatory, programming, and academic topics.

The Cable Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA) – CTHRA will sponsor a two-hour session entitled, “Advancing Diversity through High-Performance Innovation,” on Tuesday, June 10. The session is specifically designed for cable executives who make decisions in hiring personnel within their companies. The session will be facilitated by Wrïse Booker of the Reid Dugger Consulting Group.

The Cable Telecommunications Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) – CTPAA is partnering with NCTA on a community relations session on Tuesday, June 10. During this session, top public affairs executives and CTPAA leaders will discuss the specifics of implementing successful public affairs and community relations programs. They’ll examine community relations initiatives from inception to completion, look at how those programs create a positive image for cable operators and programmers and learn the tools for defining and measuring success in public affairs.

The National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC) – NAMIC is co-sponsoring with NCTA a panel on multicultural programming on Sunday, June 8. The session will be moderated by NAMIC’s president and will feature network chiefs in the forefront of programming for diverse audiences who will discuss how their programming attracts and retains diverse groups of viewers.

Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau – CAB is partnering with NCTA on two sessions at The National Show. The first session, on Monday, June 9, will feature executives from Arbitron, Nielsen and Adcom and will focus on audience measurement at the local level. The second session, on Tuesday, June 10, will examine the market for national advertising. For more information, contact CAB at 212-508-1237.

5th Annual Signal Security Forum – NCTA’s Office of Cable Signal Theft will host the 5th Annual Signal Security Forum on Tuesday, June 10. The forum will feature a full day of sessions that address signal theft issues affecting the industry. Session topics will include marketing, digital technology, and operations management. For more information, please contact Nilda Gumbs, Office of Cable Signal Theft, directly at (202) 775-3684. (Please note there is NO on-site registration for this program.)

For the second year, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) has co-located its Broadband Opportunity Conference with The National Show. Details regarding CTAM’s Broadband Opportunity Conference will be announced soon.

NCTA also previously announced that The National Show will showcase the latest in high-definition television (HDTV) in a centerpiece convention floor exhibit. Jointly produced by NCTA and Cable Television Laboratories, Inc., (CableLabs®), “HD Pavilion” will feature the latest in high-definition television sets and programming, and demonstrations of HD equipment including integrated set-top boxes, Point of Deployment (POD) modules, and other high definition digital television (DTV) products.

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.