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CTPAA FORUM 2005 - Expanding Cables Connections - May 1-4 - Ritz Carlton - Washington, DC

January 27, 2005
Contact: Steve Jones

CTPAA Sets Theme for FORUM 2005 and Confirms Speakers

"Expanding Cable's Connections" is Event's Theme

Industry Executives Opening Conference include
George Bodenheimer, Jim Robbins & Henry Schleiff

Washington, DC - With the realization that cable public affairs executives face unique challenges as the industry continues to rollout new products, goes head to head with a broad range of competitors and keeps its roots firmly planted in local communities; the Cable Television Public Affairs Association's (CTPAA) FORUM 2005 Committee has chosen the theme, "Expanding Cable's Connections." In tandem with FORUM 2005, CTPAA will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the association's founding.

The theme, "Expanding Cable's Connections" will be woven throughout the general sessions and breakout panels at the industry group's annual educational conference, scheduled for May 1-4, 2005 in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. The theme reflects cable's ever expanding range of products and services and how cable public affairs professionals need to connect with even greater numbers of customers, policy leaders, and members of the media to educate them on cable telecommunications services and entertainment options.

FORUM 2005 has already received speaking commitments from several leading industry executives including George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports; Jim Robbins, president and CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.; and Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO, Court Television Network. These innovative and highly motivated executives will take part in the Opening General Session on Monday, May 2. Invitations have been extended to additional industry executives to participate on this panel.

"The integration of community outreach and public affairs activities tied to business and policy objectives are vital components of our industry's efforts to ensure customers, policy makers, and Wall Street understand new products and service benefits," said Peter Kiley, CTPAA president and vice president, affiliate relations, C-SPAN Networks. "FORUM 2005 will provide cable industry professionals attending the conference additional tools to assure their success and that of their companies in a highly competitive marketplace."

The three-day educational program will feature general and breakout sessions on community relations, government relations, communications/technology, and public affairs fundamentals. The volunteer executives overseeing the overall FORUM 2005 program as Co-chairs are Scoot MacPherson, Executive vice president, corporate & government affairs, Court TV and Anthony Surratt, executive director, public relations, Cox Communications, Inc.

CTPAA will also announce the winners of the 2005 Beacon Awards, honoring excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry, during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at FORUM. The 2005 Beacon co-chairs are Peggy Ballard, vice president, strategic communications, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable.

For information about FORUM 2005, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

Founded in 1985 and celebrating the association's 20th anniversary this year, CTPAA is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's public affairs professionals. Its mission is to develop and promote public affairs excellence to help achieve industry, corporate and social goals. A strong advocate of the public affairs professional's participation in all aspects of corporate decision-making processes, CTPAA works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on CTPAA, go to

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