Cox Communications Inc. president and CEO Jim Robbins and National Cable
& Telecommunications Association president and CEO Robert Sachs are among
the keynote speakers for next month's Cable Television Public Affairs
Association Forum 2003.
Themed "Capitalizing on Cable's Competitive Edge," Forum 2003 takes place
March 30 through April 1 at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington,
The confab is chaired by Steve Raddock, vice president of communications and
production at the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.
In addition to Robbins and Sachs, the CTPAA's confab will feature keynote
addresses from Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.); Fraser Seitel, founder of
Emerald Partners; and National Education Association president Reg Weaver.
The conference begins with meetings of the CTPAA executive committee and its
board of directors March 30.
That day, the conference offers a Masters Course (a $145 registration fee)
entitled "How to Survive Gotcha Journalism."
The first day culminates with a new-member mentoring session at 5 p.m.,
followed by the opening reception and silent auction benefiting the Emma L.
Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, beginning a half-hour
On March 31 and April 1, Forum 2003 attendees can sit in on a variety of
concurrent sessions focusing on such diverse topics as "Developing Media Tools
for Your Local Market," "Taking Cable's Education Resources to the Next Level --
Internally and Externally," "Utilizing New Technologies as a Community-Relations
Tool," "Integration and Value of Public Affairs in the Marketing-Campaign
Mix," "Communicating with Your Programming Partners" and "Federal, State and
Local Issues Affecting Your Business."
Among the featured speakers and session moderators who will appear at the
educational conference are: Time Warner Cable VP of public affairs Bonnie
Hathaway; Mishal Husain, Washington anchor, world news, BBC America; Hill &
Knowlton senior account supervisor Sean Kevelighan; Frank Lloyd, partner at law
firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo; Tania Mennes Jones, VP of
marketing at the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing; Cable
in the Classroom executive director Peggy O'Brien; and NCTA senior VP of
communications and public affairs Rob Stoddard.
On April 1, the CTPAA will announce winners of the "2003 Beacon Awards,"
honoring excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry.
Additionally, CTPAA president Ellen East, VP of communications and investor
relations at Cox, will award the "2003 President's Awards."
This year's honorees are Courtroom Television Network chairman and CEO Henry
Schleiff and Insight Communications Co. Inc. CEO Michael