Next week, the Cable Center will honor seven industry pioneers during the 2006 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration in Denver: Decker Anstrom, Ralph M. Baruch, Carolyn S. Chambers, Judy McGrath, Brian Roberts, James O. Robbins and Robert M. Zitter. I congratulate each honoree, many of whom have generously worked to advance WICT’s mission. And as I review the long list of accomplishments of each honoree, I marvel at their focus, drive and ambition. Their qualities remind me of the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, attributes developed with you, the WICT member, in mind. It is our goal to help you too reach the pioneer status in your life and career.
Be A Catalyst
President and Chief Operating Officer
Landmark Communications, Inc.
Chairman, The Weather Channel
A 2002 WICT Forerunner Accolade honoree and longtime friend of WICT, Decker may also be familiar to you from his role as president & CEO of NCTA or as past chair of the Walter Kaitz Foundation Board of Trustees. But it is his participation with WICT that also still makes an impact on the cable industry today. A true catalyst, Decker was one of the key influencers behind the development of the WICT Foundation PAR Initiative, which in its fourth year remains the leading research and advocacy program to measure the cable workplace environment.
Ralph M. Baruch
Founder and former Chairman
Viacom International, Inc.
Among his many honors, including an Emmy from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Gold Medal from the International Radio & Television Society, Ralph’s ability to listen to the trends of a growing industry has been a signature of his success. Ralph’s involvement with the NCTA allowed him to be influential in the passage by Congress of the Cable Act of 1984 as well as NCTA’s Pay Cable Committee, instrumental in removing restrictions.
Carolyn S. Chambers
Chairman and CEO
Chambers Communications Corporation
What started as a 1959 grant for a license for a station in Eugene, Oregon grew into Chambers Communications Corporation, now with three broadcasting stations operating as ABC affiliates, one cable system, a television, movie and production company and an ISP provider. WICT’s third national president is as fearless in her personal pursuits as she is in business, as evidenced by her work as a film director and philanthropist.
Chairman and CEO
Judy oversees the management and operation of MTV Networks’ 121 channels, which reaches 169 countries in 23 languages. Judy’s passions have transcended into our culture: under her direction, MTV has grown into a maverick multi-platform brand that has come to symbolize the style and landscape of our society. It is no surprise she was honored with the WICT’s Woman of the Year Accolade Award in 2004.
President and CEO
As the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company with 23.3 million customers, under the leadership of Brian Roberts. But Brian’s role in the industry also lies with communicating our needs, challenges and successes, serving a second consecutive term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NCTA. He was also chair in 1995-1996 when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law.
James O. Robbins
Retired, President and CEO
Cox Communications, Inc.
As head of the nation’s third largest broadband company for 20 years, Jim guided Cox to become a multi-service broadband communications powerhouse, until his retirement at the end of 2005. Cox won the J.D. Power Award five times for customer satisfaction in cable and telephone services and for three years straight, Cox has won the WICT Forerunner Accolade Award for Best Operator for Women in Cable as determined by the WICT Foundation PAR Initiative. Serving twice as chairman of NCTA and receiving that group’s prestigious Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership in 1996, Jim is an inspiration to his colleagues, customers and the industry.
Robert M. Zitter
Executive Vice President, Technology Operations and Chief Technology Officer
Home Box Office
Robert is responsible for HBO’s technology interests worldwide, overseeing distribution, origination, production operations and engineering. He is a recipient of NCTA’s Vanguard Award for outstanding leadership in science and technology. But Robert proves that connections also mean linking great ideas with great people through his volunteer leadership roles at several cable associations, including CTAM, CEA and the Cable Center.
Read more about the WICT Touchstones of Leadership here.