NCTA Tables Decision on Site of National Show

Sep 7, 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 from New Orleans in May. But according to Kyle McSlarrow, NCTA president and CEO, NCTA would prefer to remain in the Big Easy as planned to “help with the recovery.”

At a briefing for reporters Wednesday, Mr. McSlarrow said the association has put a decision about the show’s venue on “pause,” 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. As one of its first initiatives, the fund is asking companies that have made contributions to the annual dinner of the Walter Kaitz Foundation to match those contributions with donations to the new fund.

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