The Cable Television Hall of Fame is inducting one of its most diverse groups ever during a ceremony and celebration at the Cable Center in Denver on Oct. 19. From mid-1940s cable pioneer John Walson, who will enter the Hall of Fame posthumously, to Home Box Office’s former mover and shaker Michael Fuchs, the seven inductees represent a wide swath of cable backgrounds.
Also joining the Hall as well will be Monroe “Monty” Rifkin, whose leadership produced one of the industry’s foremost cable companies, American Television and Communications Corp.; former Daniels & Associates executive John Saeman, who remains active in the business, while devoting time and resources to fund-raising efforts; and Nick Davatzes, CEO Emeritus of A&E Television Networks and the founding father of The History Channel.
In addition, the inductees include the man who built MTV Networks into a collection of mega brands, Tom Freston, along with Glenn Jones, who is chairman of Jones International Ltd. and former head of Jones Intercable. That MSO was acquired by Comcast Corp. in the 1990s.
Each member of the class of 2005 has made a lasting mark on cable, from breakthrough programming to financial services and management to cable operations.
“All of the inductees have had a great impact on the industry and very deservedly are entering the Hall of Fame,” says Larry Satkowiak, chief operating officer of The Cable Center.
Since 1998, the Hall of Fame has inducted 46 cable entrepreneurs, programmers and operators.
But the organization that hosts the event, The Cable Center, isn’t merely engaged in looking back at cable’s achievements and achievers. It’s embarking on a series of new programs aimed at educating future leaders, raising the profile of cable’s contributions to technology and entertainment, promoting media culture and advancing a slate of other new programs.
“The Cable Center is beginning to realize the vision of its donors. We have built solid relationships with academia and the industry that provide substantial momentum moving forward,” says Satkowiak.