NCTA Eyes Event Consolidation

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While no conferences or meetings have been forced to reschedule their events, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has begun work to identify which industry events could be consolidated.

NCTA held a conference call Monday with leaders of cable industry trade groups and associations to begin the process of identifying which annual events may be shifted to one of two weeks each year – the week of NCTA’s The Cable Show convention in the spring, or the week of the CTAM Summit each fall.

The event consolidation could have an impact on the cable industry’s diversity week, which has been anchored each September by the annual Walter Kaitz Foundation fundraising dinner. It’s possible that the Kaitz Dinner, which has been held in New York for years, could move to a different city each year.

Groups that could be impacted by the event consolidation include Cable Positive, the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, CableLabs, Women in Cable Telecommunications and the Association of Cable Communicators.

Executives on the conference call Monday, which was led by NCTA senior vice president of industry affairs Barbara York, agreed to hold another call the week after Thanksgiving with the goal of making decisions on which events may be rescheduled.

“It would involve a number of the organizations and associations deciding whether they could move or reschedule their meetings against either The Cable Show in the spring or around the time of the newly scheduled CTAM conference in the fall,” said NCTA senior vice president of communications and public affairs Rob Stoddard.

NCTA will hold The Cable Show in New Orleans May 18-20. The first CTAM Summit to move to the new fall schedule, which may include other industry events, will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston Nov. 9-11, 2008.

NCTA began discussing the event consolidation in September, responding to concerns from the CEOs of major cable TV operators about the amount of time and expenses cable companies and employees devote each year to the trade shows, conferences, dinners and other events.

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