Western Show Announces Speakers


Broadband Plus, the 2002 Western Show, unveiled its opening speaker roster
Tuesday afternoon.

Seven Comcast Corp. executives will participate on various panels, led by
president Brian Roberts doing a one-on-one interview. The interviewer has not
yet been named, but in the recent past, California Cable &
Telecommunications Association president Spencer Kaitz has done many of the
one-on-one sessions.

Other Comcast executives committed to session appearances include senior vice
president of new-media development Steve Craddock and digital-TV VP Mark

The public appearance could be Roberts' first in charge of a Comcast/AT&T
Broadband combination if the merger of the two cable operators is completed by
Thanksgiving, as anticipated.

'We are committed to serve our local communities, both as quality
communications-service providers and as good corporate citizens, and the Western
Show is an essential tool for accomplishing that,' Roberts said in a prepared

Programmers aboard so far include Disney/ABC Cable Networks president Anne
Sweeney, Fox Cable Networks executive VP Lindsay Gardner, Home Box Office senior
VP Bob Zitter and Mag Rack executive VP and general manager Matt Strauss.

None of the programmers represented in the group has made exhibit-space
commitments yet to Broadband Plus.

As of Sept. 11, the conference had signed up 125 companies for its main
exhibit halls and 57 for Cable Television Laboratories Inc.'s CableNET 2002
showcase, according to show organizers.