Denver, - Rogers Communications founder Ted Rogers today is the first Canadian ever inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame.
Located in the city long-considered the home of cable television in the United States, the new Cable Center, which houses the Hall of Fame, will also debut a number of new features and exhibits including a 40 feet tall, 98-screen video tower and will open its new outdoor amphitheatre, which was built with a $2-million donation from Mr. Rogers.
Phil Lind, Rogers' right hand man for decades and currently vice chairman of RCI, is presenting Ted for induction.
Others to be inducted are: Daniel Aaron, past president and co-founder of Comcast Corporation; Frank M. Drendel, chairman and CEO of CommScope, Inc.; Joseph S. Gans Sr., board chairman of Gans Multimedia Partnership; Gene W. Schneider, chairman and CEO, UnitedGlobalCom, Inc.; and Gail F. Sermersheim, past senior vice president and general manager of HBO-Atlanta.
"It is a dream showplace for cable and that is as it should be," said Rogers of the Cable Center. "For although cable is taking some incredibly hard knocks these days – we should not let this get us down or lose faith in our visions. We cannot forget that we brought cable to a nation when we were faced with the relentless objections of the special interests who constantly and repeatedly thought of one way or another to try and thwart our objectives.
"Our industry's success is a textbook example of the infinite possibilities of a free society."
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