NCTA Tables Decision on Site of National Show

Sep 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association may be forced to move its national show, scheduled for next May, from New Orleans. But Kyle McSlarrow, NCTA’s president and CEO, said NCTA would prefer to remain in the Big Easy as planned to “help with the recovery.”

At a briefing for reporters last Wednesday, Mr. McSlarrow said the association has put a decision about the show’s venue on hold, pending more information. “Instead of worrying about the show, let’s focus on what we can do to help people,” he said.

Mr. McSlarrow also announced that NCTA has created a charitable Cable Hope Fund to help cable industry employees and other victims of the disaster. One of its first initiatives is to ask companies that have made contributions to the annual dinner of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, which operates under the auspices of the NCTA, to match those contributions with donations to the new fund.

He also said NCTA plans to launch a Web site to accept credit-card contributions to the fund.