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November 10, 2006
Contact:  Steve Jones
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“Cable to the Extreme: Communicating the Possibilities”

Washington, DC Cable to the Extreme: Communicating the Possibilities” is the theme of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s (CTPAA) FORUM 2007—the group’s annual conference—to be held March 11 – 14 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"The theme 'Cable to the Extreme' is intended to reflect the industry's ongoing leading edge role as programmers extend their reach via multiple delivery platforms and operators expand their product offerings," said Sandra Colony, Senior Vice President of Communications for Insight Communications and a FORUM 2007 Co-chair. "The tag line 'Communicating the Possibilities' speaks directly to the membership of CTPAA because our members have the responsibility of explaining the myriad of ongoing changes to different audiences."

Katina Arnold, Vice President of Communications, Sales & Marketing, International & New Technologies for ESPN, Inc. joins Colony as a co-chair for FORUM 2007, which will feature three days of general and concurrent sessions specifically tailored to the professional educational needs of cable public affairs professionals.

"We're thrilled to have an optimistic theme that reflects all the possibilities-today and in the future-for both operators and programmers," Arnold said. "FORUM's agenda will reflect a sampling of useful tools for the industry's communications professionals including a host of information about communicating through using new technologies."

New this year is a special 3/4-day seminar Tuesday, March 13 targeted for the professional development needs of publicists and public relations executives. During the general sessions, leading executives will share their knowledge and expertise on current industry and communications topics. The conference will feature ten concurrent sessions including panels on crisis communication; using non-traditional media (blogs & podcasts) to communicate to consumer audiences; and positioning your company in a competitive marketplace.

"A significant key to FORUM's success has been its firm commitment to hosting thoughtful workshops that provide attendees with timely strategies as well as practical tactics to help them solve issues they are addressing," Colony said. The FORUM annual conference typically attracts between 400 to 500 public affairs and communications professionals from the cable industry.

A highlight of the FORUM annual conference is the presentation of the Beacon Awards, featuring 15 new categories this year. The Beacon Awards honor public affairs excellence in the cable industry and will be presented at a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, March 13. The deadline for the Beacon Awards is November 17, 2006. The Beacon 2006 Co-chairs are Cindy McConkey, Senior Vice President of Communications for Scripps Networks and Jennifer Mooney, Group Vice President, Government and Public Affairs for Bright House Networks.

For information about FORUM 2007, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

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 cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate 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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