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European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital


European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital
Industry expected to report strong top-line & subscriber growth figures for 2012

(Brussels, 4 March) With one day left until Cable Congress 2013 kicks off the European cable industry’s flagship annual event, anticipation is peaking in London where leaders across the cable, content, tech and new media space convene to talk strategy, share opinions and make predictions on the future of the industry.

Cable Congress, taking place on 5-7 March, will start with the opening news briefing which will release new year-end pan-European cable industry data from IHS Screen Digest. Offering a preview of what is to come, Cable Europe, the trade association for the European cable industry, today indicated the new YE2012 European cable figures will show:

  • Positive revenue and new customer growth
  • Strong broadband and telephony performances
  • Continued growth in Digital TV and advanced services like Video on Demand

Comprehensive statistics on growth across cable’s products will be unveiled during the event.

Manuel Kohnstamm, President of Cable Europe, said, “Cable’s continued and steady uptick in new customers is a credit to the industry’s investments in innovation to bring new products, faster speeds and better services to more people across Europe. With so much attention on the industry right now and heightened excitement for cable’s prospects, there’s no better place or time to hear from top decision-makers. It’s an often heard refrain, but this year’s Cable Congress truly promises to be our best ever.”

Cable Congress 2013 features a spectacular line-up. Highlights include:

  • CEO appearances by Liberty Global’s Mike Fries, Virgin Media’s Neil Berkett and ONO’s Rosalia Portela
  • An unmissable meeting of the minds with international CTOs from Comcast (Tony Werner), Kabel Deutschland (Lorenz Glatz), Liberty Global (Balan Nair), Time Warner Cable (Michael LaJoie) and Virgin Media (Dan Hennessy)
  • Executives representing the world’s premier content players, featuring Catherine Powell, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, Jonathan Sichel, Scripps Network Interactive, and Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel, AMC Networks
  • The second annual Cable Europe Awards, honouring contributions from individuals and companies helping to move the European cable industry forward

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth said: “Cable Congress always puts the industry’s most important topics front and centre. Whether focused on keeping pace with consumers’ connectivity and content needs, investing in the right technologies to maintain leading networks, or securing financing for future growth, cable’s best and brightest will deliver observations and insights that you can’t get anywhere else.”

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2013, please visit, talk to us @CableEurope on Twitter & follow the discussion live on using #CC2013.


For more information, please contact:

Gregg Svingen
Cable Europe
Director of Communications
M: +32 476 490 603
Jessica Fernandez Cable Europe
Communications & Office Manager
T: +32 2 556 2104 E:

About Cable Europe
Cable Europe is a trade association that groups all leading broadband cable TV operators and their national associations throughout Europe. The aim of Cable Europe is to promote and defend the industry’s policies and business interests at European and international levels, and to foster cooperation among its members. The European cable TV industry services more than 94 million broadband, TV and telephony subscriptions throughout the EU 27 (around 70 million households).

About IHS Screen Digest
IHS Screen Digest is the pre-eminent firm of industry analysts covering global media markets. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Monterey, California, we employ a team of 40 specialist analysts covering film, television, broadband, mobile, cinema, home entertainment and gaming. Our online services and reports provide the information and analysis that hundreds of media companies worldwide base their decisions on.

Interview with Jonathan Sichel

Jonathan-SichelAhead of Cable Congress 2013 we speak to Jonathan Sichel, Managing Director UK/EMEA, Scripps Networks about why the cable industry is important to Scripps…

How is the international expansion effort going and what is driving it?

Really well.  We are relatively new to the international scene, having launched our first network outside the US in 2009.  We have taken advantage of our brand-building foundation to develop our home-grown channels Food Network and Fine Living in over 90 and 60 countries, respectively.  Food Network has become the number one lifestyle channel in the UK, which is an incredible achievement in just three years.  We have expanded our international portfolio through a healthy program licensing business, which allows us to extend our reach with program sales to platforms beyond our own.  We have also been active over the past few years through our international investments and partnerships, such as our stake in UKTV and acquisition of Travel Channel International.  We are continually searching for new opportunities – whether channel launches, acquisitions, or partnerships.

Why is the cable industry important to Scripps?

We are a cable business at our heart, so the cable industry is critical for us, both from a standpoint of distribution and for sustaining our ecosystem that allows us to produce high-quality content for all platforms and tastes.  We know and expect that the cable industry is evolving, and we are evolving our business alongside it as consumers’ interests change and as technology advances.

Content lies at the heart of cable’s business. How has Scripps evolved in its relationship with the cable industry and particular the advent of all things online?

Our content is suited for every platform and lifestyle.  Our steadfast hold on our categories – food, travel, home, and lifestyle – appeal to everyone, no matter what your economic or social style.  I like to think of our content as engaging, entertaining, educational and inspirational.  From the visceral experiences of cooking and travel (tasting it, feeling it and connecting with it via programming) to discovery (a traveller finding something unexpected at a familiar destination or revealing new tastes, recipes and home design), we allow viewers a trusted option, whatever their mood.  We are proud of our original content offerings – long-form for traditional television viewing, short-form entertainment for travellers on the go, and how-to clips for our consumers who want to learn and try new things.


On Day 2 at 14.15 Jonathan will be joining Kyle Young, Senior Partner, Tiny Horse, Dennis Hodges, Founder and CEO, New Perspective Ltd and Todd Brown, Chief Revenue Officer, Yap TV for the panel discussion dedicated to Social TV.

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