Save $100 - Early Bird Registration for FORUM 2004
Register for FORUM 2004 by March 5, 2004, and save $100 from the final registration (March 6, 2004, or after) rate of $725. The Early Bird registration rate is $625. The theme for FORUM 2004 is "Communicating Cable's Value" and will be woven throughout the general sessions and break-out panels during CTPAA's 19th annual educational conference, scheduled for March 21 to 24, 2004, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme reflects the event's focus on how cable public affairs professionals can effectively communicate cable's value and technologically superior platform to customers, media, and government officials.

FORUM 2004 has already received speaking commitments from several esteemed industry executives including Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable; Susan Packard, President, New Ventures, Scripps Networks; Carl Vogel, President and CEO, Charter Communications; Johnathan Rodgers, President & CEO, Radio One TV; and Robert Sachs, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association. For information about FORUM 2004 registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit

 The History Channel and Comcast Partner with the School District of Philadelphia
The History Channel and Comcast have announced a three-year partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to expand history education for students and teachers. The partnership is made up of six components: teacher training, teaching grants, classroom programs, online support, public service announcement, and student scholarships. The History Channel's education initiative is part of Save Our History, the network's national campaign for historic preservation and history education.

The History Channel and Comcast will provide three teacher-training sessions per year to aid in developing dynamic lesson plans. Dr. Libby O'Connell, Vice President of Historic Alliances, The History Channel and Philadelphia area historians will lead the training sessions. Several other historical organizations, including the National Park Service, the National Constitution Center, the Smithsonian, and the Gilder Lehrmann Institute of American History, are also invited to participate in the teacher workshops.

The History Channel annually will award grants of $1000 each to three teachers from the Philadelphia school district to be used towards supplying materials, professional development, and attending conferences. In addition, The History Channel will supply 150 Philadelphia schools with a video library and support material. The History Channel also will produce a Web site linking directly to The School District of Philadelphia's site and a public service announcement highlighting the benefits of Philadelphia's public school education. Lastly, The History Channel will award grants of $1000 each annually to three students who have shown a strong interest in history and were selected by The School District of Philadelphia.

 Court TV Partners with Active Voice to Raise Awareness of Political Asylum Seekers
In conjunction with the premier of its third original film Chasing Freedom, Court TV is collaborating with Active Voice through a Ford Foundation grant to produce multiple local market events partnering with major advocacy groups to raise awareness of the plight of political asylum seekers. Inspired by true events, Chasing Freedom depicts the horrors of life under the Taliban in Afghanistan and one young woman's grueling attempt to seek political asylum in the United States. The movie premieres on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2004, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Active Voice is an organization of media strategists, facilitators and trainers known for social awareness campaigns based on independent films that encourage public engagement on pressing social issues. It is dedicated to encouraging individuals and community groups to probe and discuss, then take action on timely, relevant issues such as racism, immigration and human rights.

In making Chasing Freedom, Court TV collaborated with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (LCHR) in the representation of the political asylum process and the obstacles that asylum-seekers face. The LCHR has a distinguished reputation in the areas of political asylum law, international justice, and refugee protection. The organization supports human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level and protects refugees in flight from persecution and repression.

 Job Opening - Vice President of Membership Services for SCTE
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is seeking an experienced professional to join the senior leadership team and be responsible for the management of all aspects of the organization's member/customer service and chapter relations as well as elements of communications, publications, recognition programs, marketing research and analysis, Web site and industry relations. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 12 years work experience, demonstrated experience in managing a similar sized membership organization, excellent written and oral communication skills, proven ability to interact with a diversity of interests, and ability to travel up to 20% of work time in order to establish and maintain effective chapter relations across the country and around the globe. For more information, contact Jon Christian "Chris" Dowel, President of the Breckenridge Group, at

 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a corporate member. 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

2004 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.

2004 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2004 Friends & Associates

Bresnan Communications
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
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems