Cable TV Pioneers Selects 2018 Class

The Cable TV Pioneers said Tuesday its 2018 class, to be inducted on Oct. 22 in Atlanta, will have 25 members, with Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav and his one-time NBC colleague, WinView executive chairman Tom Rogers, among the best-known executives on the diverse list.

The organization recognizes the contributions made by individual men and women in the cable industry to their businesses and their communities over 20 years or more. The 52nd Annual Cable TV Pioneers Banquet will be at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel the night before the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo begins. 

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The new class includes five women, including the CEO of cable-marketing association CTAM, Vicki Lins. It also includes the longtime Multichannel News senior content producer - technology Jeff Baumgartner, who began his industry career at the former cable operator Jones Intercable.

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Here is the 2018 class, in alphabetical order, with company affiliations provided by the Cable TV Pioneers:

Judi Allen, Nielsen; David Baldwin, HBO and Starz; Michael Bates, Comcast Corp.; Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News; Larry Beauchamp, Comcast; Jane Bulman, Comcast (ret.); Craig Cuttner, HBO; Chris Ewing, CommScope; Hank Fore, Comcast (ret.); Fred Kaiser, Alpha Technologies; Holly Leff-Pressman, Screen Engine SCI; Vicki Lins, CTAM; Guy McCormick, Cox Communications; Glyndell Moore, Storer and Summit Cable (ret.); Andy Parrott, Altice; Enrique Yamuni Robles, Megacable; Fred Rogers, Quality RF (ret.); Tom Rogers, WinView; Arthur Sando, Turner and CBS (ret.); Rob Shema, American Cable Association; Tony Speller, Comcast; Curtis Symonds, Symonds Synergy Group; Shawn Tylka, Cisco; Steve Williams, Williams Communications; David Zaslav, Discovery. 

Details about the upcoming banquet can be found at   



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