Charter’s Allen among Vanguard inductees
Charter Communications  founder and Chairman Paul Allen is among the inductees named to this year’s class of Vanguard Award winners.
CableLabs founder Richard S. Leghorn has been named a recipient of a Special Vanguard Award for Outstanding Contribution for his role in the creation of Cable Television Laboratories which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association  (NCTA) also announced that Matthew Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. , and Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, are the 2008 recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for “Distinguished Leadership.”
Sweeney and Blank top the list of nine Vanguard Award winners who will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the cable industry. The 2008 Vanguard Awards will be presented on May 20 at a reception and awards ceremony during the NCTA’s The Cable Show ’08 in New Orleans.
Inaugurated in 1965, the Vanguard Awards are presented annually to individuals who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry.
The Vanguard Awards will be presented by Abbe Raven, chair of the NCTA Vanguard Awards Committee and president and CEO of the A&E Television Networks.
Allen was selected in the Science and Technology division of the Vanguard Awards, based on his work with Microsoft  in the development of the Open Cable unidirectional receiver, and for improving the set-top box (STB) viewing experiences with the Allen-owned Digeo  interface.
Bresnan Communication’s  Steven Brookstein, EVP of operations, was also selected as a Vanguard Award winner in the Science and Technology division.
For a full list of the inductees, click here .
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