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The Cable Center Honors The Late Jim Robbins With 2019 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award

DENVER (January 29, 2019) – The Cable Center announced today that the late Jim Robbins, former CEO of Cox Communications, will be honored as the 2019 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient. The award recognizes the late William J. Bresnan, founder and chairman of Bresnan Communications and longtime chairman of the board of The Cable Center. The award will be presented at the 22nd annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, May 2 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

“Jim embodied the spirit of the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award,” said Brian Lamb, executive chairman, C-SPAN and chairman of the Bresnan Award selection committee, and past Bresnan Award recipient. “He held a passion for the cable industry, commitment to excellence and was dedicated to the success of Cox Communications and its employees. We are honored to recognize him with this year’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.”

Cox Communications President Pat Esser said, “Jim was such a positive influence in our industry and personally to so many of us at Cox. There was no one like him and hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t recount a Jim anecdote or special memory. He led the company to great success, but it is how he led that we remember most. To employees, customers, and colleagues, he was always genuine and giving and that’s what makes him so deserving of this recognition.”

Robbins joined Cox in 1983 and was named president in 1985. He added CEO to his title in 1995. During Robbins’ leadership, Cox quadrupled its size and led the industry on many issues, including sports rights. He retired from Cox at the end of 2005. Following his retirement, he was elected a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors.

He served twice as chairman of the Internet & Television Association (NCTA) and won multiple awards, including the industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. He is a member of the Cable Hall of Fame class of 2006.

Robbins was also a veteran, serving as a destroyer line officer and a gunboat flotilla public affairs officer during two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967.

Robbins passed away on Oct. 10, 2007 at age 65.

“Jim’s commitment to excellence in customer service was exceptional, he was a mentor and friend to so many in our industry,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO, The Cable Center. “We are delighted to remember Jim and his legacy with this year’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.”

The Bresnan Ethics in Business award was created to honor outstanding men and women in the cable industry who best exemplify Bill Bresnan’s longstanding commitment to ethics in business. Awardees represent the ideals upheld by Bill Bresnan, including continually demonstrating ethical leadership qualities, doing what’s right in the face of adversity, even when it is unpopular, incorporating doing what’s right in everyday life, and demonstrating societal, community, and philanthropic engagement.

The 22nd annual Cable Hall of Fame will be held on May 2, 2019, in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Since 1998, 133 leaders have been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. For more information on the celebration and to secure sponsorships, visit, or call 720-502-7513.

 About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. We connect people and ideas to advance innovation. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship. Visit us at,, and for more information.

About The Cable Hall of Fame Celebration
The industry's best networking event, the Cable Hall of Fame honors those in media who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. The official Cable Hall of Fame hashtag is #CableHOF and event Twitter handle is @CableHOF. For more information, visit or call 720-502-7513.