FORUM 2004 to Be Held at The Fairmont in Washington, DC
FORUM, CTPAA's annual, educational conference dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals, will be in the nation's capital for the fourth consecutive year. The conference will be held March 21 to 24, 2004, at The Fairmont Washington, DC. The hotel is located in the "west end" of downtown Washington, convenient to the Connecticut Avenue business district and just a few blocks from Georgetown.

"As the national seat of government, Washington contains the greatest concentration of policy makers who oversee our industry," said Bob Morrison, CTPAA president and executive director, VHI Save the Music Foundation. "By meeting in DC, CTPAA is able to attract members of the Administration, Congressional leaders and FCC officials to comment on topical policy issues facing cable. It also provides an opportunity for cable, on a national level, to highlight the positive community impact of our industry."

The FORUM 2004 co-chairs, who produce and are responsible for the meeting agenda, are Eric Hollreiser, senior vice president, media relations, ABC Cable Network Group, and Anita Lamont, director, communications, Midwest Division Operations, Charter Communications.

CTPAA will announce the winners of the 2004 Beacon Awards, honoring excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry, during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at FORUM. The 2004 Beacon co-chairs are Mark Hotz, senior vice president of marketing, NBC Cable Networks, and Stacy Schmitt, director of public affairs, Time Warner Cable/Waco Division.

 New Cable Industry Economic Impact Report Released
A multi-billion dollar investment in the development and distribution of broadband content and services in the United States has led to a healthy cable industry that accounts for more than $173 billion in gross economic output according to a new study sponsored by Daniels & Associates, the Denver-based media and telecommunications mergers & acquisitions specialist. This economic impact analysis explores cable's growth since 1990 and describes the industry's major contributions to the U.S. economy.

While the report provides a national snapshot of the cable industry's economic impact, it can serve as a great local public affairs outreach tool. In addition to being a reference document full of statistics about the industry, it can be used to support local efforts that quantify cable's impact.

Titled "Reinvesting in America: An Analysis of the Cable Industry's Impact on the U.S. Economy"
, the report's highlights include:

  • Direct and indirect employment attributable to the cable industry has more than doubled to 1.1 million in 2002, increasing by more than 570,000 jobs since 1990. This growth amounts to nearly three percent of all net new jobs created by the U.S. economy over this 12-year period.
  • During the same time - from 1990 to 2002 - direct and linked employment (jobs generated by cable operators and their immediate suppliers of goods and services) attributable to the cable industry nearly doubled, growing from 170,00 employees in 1990 to 307,000 in 2002.
  • More than $42 billion flowed directly to cable industry suppliers in 2002, including employee wages - which accounted for 21 percent of that figure - and other costs such as the purchase of goods and services, utilities, transportation, construction and other miscellaneous items.

The study attributes much of the cable industry's growth to passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This Act sparked a $75-billion industry-wide infrastructure upgrade that has resulted in the creation and deployment of new consumer services such as digital cable, high-speed Internet, competitive local telephone service, video-on-demand and high-definition television.

 Cable Positive Awards $2,000 to Howard University Students
Cable Positive recently awarded Howard University students Allison Caviness and Melissa McClinton with a $2,000 grant to produce a 30 second public service announcement (PSA) promoting HIV/AIDS awareness to young people. This grant is part of Cable Positive's initiative Positive Generation, which allows college students of color to have a voice on HIV and AIDS through the production of PSA's. The program at Howard University is funded by The Comcast Foundation.

The PSA features Metro TeenAIDS, a youth AIDS service organization serving the metro Washington, DC, area, and includes their toll free number and Web site enabling viewers to learn more about HIV/AIDS and where they can be tested for HIV in Washington, DC. It was scheduled to run 360 times on Comcast's District of Columbia cable system on channels including BET, MTV, Lifetime, and ESPN in support of Cable Positive's National HIV Testing Day, June 27, campaign to promote HIV testing to Americans.

"We hope that this PSA will help engage young people to be more active in the fight against HIV/AIDS and help them realize that it can happen to them," said Caviness.

Cable Positive gave Howard University students the opportunity to submit a proposal for a HIV/AIDS related PSA. Students were asked to submit a treatment, storyboard, timeline and budget. In February, a group of cable industry public affairs executives from MTV, BET, and Comcast selected Caviness and McClinton's proposal from a pool of candidates. For more information, contact Thomas Dima at

 The History Channel and Comcast Sponsor Back To The Future With The Founding Fathers
The History Channel and Comcast sponsored the event Back to the Future with the Founding Fathers to help celebrate the National Constitution Center Grand Opening on July 4. The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1988 to increase understanding of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance to the daily lives of Americans.

Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison joined constitutional scholars Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School and Anita Allen-Castellitto of the University of Pennsylvania Law School to discuss the Constitution and its ability to withstand the test of time. The Honorable Edward Becker, Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, moderated the discussion. Back to the Future with the Founding Fathers was part of the All-American Evening on the Mall on July 2.

The History Channel also produced and donated thirteen, original, four-minute videos introducing the different stages of the Constitution's development. Written and produced to take the complex subject of the Constitution and make it accessible to the public without jeopardizing the depth of its history, the videos will become a permanent exhibit at the National Constitution Center. The History Channel's participation is part of Save Our History, the network's national campaign for historic preservation and education.

 Thank You 2003 Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202/775-1083. For membership details, go to

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems