NCTA announces Cable Show lineup


The National Cable Telecommunications Assn. on Thursday announced the lineup of general-session speakers and panelists for the Cable Show '08, taking place in New Orleans in May.

The opening general session, at 1:30 p.m. CDT, May 18, will feature a state-of-the-industry speech by NCTA president and CEO Kyle McSlarrow, followed by a panel session dubbed "Generation Next: What's Now and What's New in Broadband Media." On the panel, moderated by former FCC chairman William Kennard, will be News Corp.'s Peter Chernin, Intel's Paul Otellini, Comcast's Brian Roberts and Panasonic North America's Yoshi Yamada.

The May 19 general session, at 4:30 p.m. CDT, will feature a panel discussing how cable and its technology allies are using IP technology to create the next generation of voice, video and data businesses. The panel, moderated by BET Holdings' Debra Lee, will include Time Warner Cable's Glenn Britt and Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy.

The final general session, at 9:30 a.m. CDT May 20, will focus on advertising and is produced in conjunction with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau. New Chrysler's Deborah Wahl Meyer will deliver the keynote, followed by a pale including Cox Communications' Pat Esser, Aegis Media Americas' David Verklin and Fox Networks Group's Tony Vinciquerra. Sanford C. Bernstein Co.'s Craig Moffet will moderate.

In addition to the three general sessions, NCTA has scheduled six plenary sessions featuring panels of senior executives designed to address "big picture" issues on advertising, business operations, the international marketplace, monetizing the digital platform, sports programming and video-on-demand.

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