Denver-based The Cable Center announced the seven industry people who will be inducted into The Cable Television Hall of Fame. Official induction will occur at November's Western Show in Anaheim, Calif.
The seven will be honored for achievements that made significant contributions to the cable industry's growth and development and to those served by cable TV, says center spokesman Doyle Albee.
Sid Topol was chair of Scientific-Atlanta and part of "forging the cable/satellite connection that triggered the growth of cable TV in the United States," the center says. His work includes key roles in international telecom trade policies.
Joe Collins is a past NCTA chair and current board member. "He helped craft the low-key approach NCTA adopted on the Telecom Act," the center says. Collins also is active in the High-Speed Education Access initiative to wire schools and libraries with cable Internet. He was chair of Time Warner Cable and a past president of HBO.
Ben Conroy started and headed the Texas CATV Association and has held several positions with NCTA including chair. Conroy has won numerous industry awards and was key in developing the center. He served on its board during its Pennsylvania State University tenure.
Burt Harris is a former chair of NCTA and has been active in public policy. He founded or helped build several cable companies, including Cypress Communications, which later sold to Warner Communications. Warner became Warner Cable, and Harris was vice chair. He also was chair of Premiere, a Hollywood-studio sponsored firm that never got off the ground because of antitrust issues.
Kay Koplovitz founded USA Networks and is the first woman network president in TV history. She was a Clinton appointee as chair of the National Women's Business Council and serves on several boards. She's recognized partly for her negotiations for national cable rights to major league sports and her development of USA Network, including the Sci-Fi Channel.
Bob Miron has served twice as chair at NCTA prior to the 1992 Cable Act, and has been active in the Walter Kaitz Foundation and Cable in the Classroom.
John Rigas founded and headed Adelphia Communications Corp. He's recognized for his development of the company's systems and for his work on several boards, including NCTA's.