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Cable operators pick Baltimore for 2 conventions


A group of state cable TV associations plans to hold its annual Atlantic Cable Show in Baltimore's expanded Convention Center next year and in 1997, having outgrown its longtime home in Atlantic City, a cable association executive said yesterday.

If final details fall into place, the show will bring 4,000-5,000 visitors to Baltimore each year, said Wayne O'Dell, executive director of the Cable Television Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Mr. O'Dell said next year's show would run from Oct. 13 to 16 and that the 1997 show would be scheduled about the same time of year.

The regional cable show brings together cable TV executives from New York through the District of Columbia.

David Nevins, a spokesman for the cable association, said it traditionally attracts such heavyweights of the industry as Ralph Roberts, chairman of Comcast Corp., and John Malone, president of Tele-Communications Inc.

Mr. Nevins said the show has become too big for the convention hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Kitty Ratcliffe, director of convention marketing for the Baltimore Convention and Visitors Association, said the show is expected to fill 1,800 to 2,000 hotel rooms.

Ms. Ratcliffe said the show, which will be the third or fourth in the expanded center, would rank among the top 20 shows in the city annually.

"If we have a successful show here in '96, there's every reason to believe they'd be here every year after on an annual basis," Ms. Ratcliffe said.

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