and Sweeney to Receive CTPAA President's Awards
The Cable Television
Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) named Glenn Britt, Chairman
& CEO, Time Warner Cable and Anne Sweeney, President, ABC
Cable Networks & Disney Channel Worldwide, as this year's
recipients of the Association's President's Award.
The President's Award recognizes
leaders who, by their guidance and support, advance the role of
public affairs in the cable industry. Selected annually by the
CTPAA president, the award honors individuals who have developed
and implemented public affairs initiatives within their
companies as well as throughout the cable industry. This year,
CTPAA President Peter Kiley, Director of Affiliate Relations,
C-SPAN Networks, made the selections.
"Glenn serves as the current chairman
of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and
is a key advocate and spokesperson for the cable industry," said
Kiley. "Time Warner Cable is a leading innovator and supporter
of community, education and other public affairs efforts that
positively impact children and adults living in the cities,
towns and communities served by the company."
Kiley added, "ABC Cable Networks
through Anne's leadership has renewed the organization's
commitment to community relations, particularly through a new
public affairs program, Learning Together! This national
initiative was developed to improve children's learning and
personal growth through family involvement and is supported by
all four ABC Cable networks."
Britt and Sweeney will be honored
during the Beacon Awards Gala, on Tuesday, March 23 at the
Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC, during CTPAA's FORUM
2004 conference, "Communicating Cable's Value." FORUM is the
cable industry's annual educational event dedicated to the
issues facing public affairs professionals.
Round Judging for 2004 Beacon Awards Completed
CTPAA members and
senior public affairs professionals from cable operators,
programmers and other industry organizations participated as
final round judges for the 2004 Beacon Awards at the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) building in
Washington, D.C., on January 29. Steve Jones, CTPAA's executive
director, welcomed the group and thanked them for volunteering
their time to help CTPAA. Maryann Kafer, CTPAA board member and
director, public relations, Ohio Cable Telecommunications
Association, and Brian Wirth, vice president, government and
public affairs Time Warner Cable and chair of the Beacon judging
operations work group, then lead the group through an in-depth
review of judging procedures.
Nearly 40 senior public affair
professionals reviewed the 148 entries that advanced to the
final round to determine which ones will be finalists and 2004
Beacon Award winners. All the entries that advanced to the final
round scored 89 points or higher in the first round of judging
held on January 14 and 15.
CTPAA will announce the finalists in
mid-February. CTPAA will notify each finalist by letter and will
post a list of the finalists on its Web site (www.ctpaa.org). At
the 2004 Beacon Awards gala on March 23, during FORUM 2004,
CTPAA will announce the winners.
Thanks to all 39 volunteers who
participated as final round Beacon judges earlier this
Lidia Agraz, Time Warner Cable
Jeffrey Alexander, Comcast
Cable Communications, Inc.
Portia Badham, BadWyn Communications
Peggy Ballard, Scientific-Atlanta
Amanda Batson, Ph.D., Texas
Cable & Telecommunications Association
Susan Breckenridge, Time Warner Cable
Janice Caluda, Florida Cable
Carol Cate, Nickelodeon
Maureen Cestari, Comcast Cable Television
Linda Chambers, Bright House
Anne Cowan, CTAM
Brian Dietz, NCTA
Pamela Dover, Comcast Cable
East, Cox Communications, Inc.
Randy Fraser, Time Warner Cable
Reg Griffin, Comcast
Mark Harrad, Time Warner Cable
Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable
Peter Kiley, C-SPAN Networks
Nancy Larkin, Fox Sports Net/New England
Marie Lasota, Comcast
Nathalie Lubensky, ABC Cable Networks Group
Kimberly Maki, SCTE
Cindy McConkey, Scripps
Cheryl McCormick, LA
Cable & Telecommunications Association
Wayne O'Dell, Cable Telecommunications
Association of MD, DE & DC
Diane Pickett Culpepper, Bright House Networks
David Pierce, NCTA
Kim Roden, Time Warner Cable
Paul Rodriguez, NCTA
Carole Shander, Court
Sheinbaum, IFC Companies
Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications
Rob Stoddard, NCTA
Anthony Surratt, Cox Communications
Lee Tenebruso, Court Television Network
Teresa Wiedel, International
Willis, BET Holdings, Inc.
Brian Wirth, Time Warner Cable
Launches Every Women Counts with a Presidential Candidate Forum
In New Hampshire
ensure that women's voices are heard during this presidential
election year, Lifetime Television launched a national public
advocacy campaign Our Lifetime Commitment: Every Woman Counts.
Lifetime kicked off the initiative on Sunday, January 25 with
the Lifetime/ABC News "Good Morning America" Every Woman Counts
2004 Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum from Dartmouth
College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Moderated by ABC News senior national
correspondent Claire Shipman, the forum was the first of the
election year to focus exclusively on the issues most important
to women. Democratic candidates Governor Howard Dean,
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, and Senator Joseph Lieberman
attended, and segments of the forum aired on ABC News "Good
Lifetime's nonpartisan Every Woman
Counts continues throughout 2004 on-air, online and in
communities across the country with a series of national polls,
nationwide voter registration efforts, training for women
considering running for elected office and events at both the
Republican and Democrat National Conventions.
Prior to the candidates' forum,
Lifetime Television released the results of a nationwide
telephone survey of more than 500 women about the issues that
will play an important role in determining their vote. The poll
finds significant dissatisfaction among Democratic, Republican
and independent women voters on how the presidential candidates
are addressing issues important to them. Eighty-five percent of
the women surveyed said a candidate's position on violence
against women would impact their vote, while 82% cited equal pay
and women's health issues, 80% said breast cancer and 76% chose
access to affordable child care. Yet nearly half of the women
surveyed said they had heard nothing from the candidates
directly or in the media on these issues. When asked which
issues are extremely important in influencing their voting
decision, 39% said jobs and the economy, 36% focused on equal
pay and 36% stressed violence against women. In addition, 39% of
the women believe a woman will be elected president within the
As a way of encouraging women to
enter the political process as candidates for office, Lifetime's
Every Woman Counts is partnering with the nonpartisan National
Women's Political Caucus to conduct training sessions in
communities across the country. In partnership with Loews
Hotels, these all-day seminars cover various aspects of becoming
a candidate and running a political campaign from fundraising to
Every Woman Counts also will feature
extensive on-air programming and online content to ensure that
women are informed, to encourage them to register and vote and
to let them know that they can and do make a difference in the
political process. At the Every
Woman Counts 2004 site, women can register to vote in their
respective states. The site also provides an online forum for
expressing opinions on a variety of pressing subjects and
information on the presidential candidates including their views
on various issues and video interviews created by the candidates
discussing issues important to women voters.
Ready for FORUM 2004! Reserve Your Hotels Room and Save on
February 27th is the room reservation deadline for FORUM
2004. To make reservations call The Fairmont Hotel at
877-441-1414 or 202-429-2400 and reference FORUM 2004/CTPAA. The
conference room rate is $209 (single/double). The theme for
FORUM 2004 is "Communicating Cable's Value" and will be woven
throughout the general sessions and break-out panels during
CTPAA's 19th annual educational conference, scheduled
for March 21 to 24, 2004. The theme reflects the event's focus
on how cable public affairs professionals can effectively
communicate cable's value and technologically superior platform
to customers, media, and government officials.
FORUM 2004 has already received
speaking commitments from several esteemed industry executives
including Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable;
Brian Lamb, Chairman and CEO, C-SPAN Networks; Susan Packard,
President, New Ventures, Scripps Networks; Carl Vogel, President
and CEO, Charter Communications; Johnathan Rodgers, President
& CEO, TV One; and Robert Sachs, President & CEO,
National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Register for FORUM 2004 by March 5,
2004, and save $100 from the final registration (March 6, 2004,
or after) rate of $725. The Early Bird registration rate is
$625. For information about FORUM 2004 registration
and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=100783&m=27703&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.ctpaa.org/forum.shtml.
Launches "A Healthy BET"
The BET Foundation has partnered with General Mills'
Honey Nut Cheerios and Chex cereals in launching A Healthy
BET, a nationwide campaign promoting healthy lifestyles and
eating habits among BET's predominant African-American audience.
BET hopes to bring down the high obesity rate of African
Americans, particularly African-American females. Americans are
dangerously overweight and obese, and for African-Americans, the
statistics are worse than any population group. According to the
American Obesity Association (AOA), 78% of African-American
women are overweight; 51% are obese.
The Healthy BET initiative
features several levels of outreach. BET and BET Jazz Networks
are launching public service announcements from January through
December 2004 featuring R & B singer Kelly Price and BET
NIGHTLY NEWS anchor Jacque Reid. These ads will provide
healthy lifestyle information, a toll-free number to obtain a
free health and fitness brochure, and details on the Healthy
BET Fitness Challenge.
The Healthy BET Fitness
Challenge is a national contest encouraging healthy living.
Contestants can enter from February 9 to February 27 by visiting
and describing why they want to
take the BET Fitness Challenge in 100 words or less. Four
finalists will be selected and receive a trip to a leading
healthy resort, gym membership, a personal trainer for one
month, a personal chef for one month, a supply of Honey Nut
Cheerios and Chex cereals, other General Mills products and the
Healthy BET Healthy Living Journal. The finalists have
60 days to achieve their fitness goals. At the conclusion of the
challenge, the finalists who achieve their goals will win a trip
for two to the 4th Annual BET Awards in Hollywood,
including airfare, hotel for three nights, tickets to the BET
Awards, and $500 in spending money.
In addition to the Fitness Challenge
and public service announcements, A Healthy BET includes
seminars and public forums in various cities to discuss obesity
and related issues and quarterly programming segments providing
in-depth information on obesity. The BET Foundation and General
Mills are also creating free brochures and cooking guides to
promote healthy living. BET's toll-free hotline, 1-800-3LOSE-IT,
will handle inquiries and process requests for brochures. BET
will establish a Web site dedicated to A Healthy BET,
which will include information on the Fitness Challenge,
seminars and public forums, related programming, recipes, and
community events. For more information, contact Michael Lewellen
Warner Cable Sponsors Dr. Seuss-Style Writing Story Contest
Time Warner Cable
has announced its fifth annual story writing contest title "Time
2 Write Seuss Style." The program encourages creativity and
teamwork in grade school students and supports the National
Education Association's Read Across America Campaign.
To enter the contest, classes in
grades K-6 will write and illustrate their own Dr. Seuss-style
story. Entries will be judged on creativity, contest and the
story's lesson. Three grand prize entries will be chosen and
acted out for the winner's school by the MYART theatre group.
Winners will be announced on March 2, in honor of Dr. Suess'
100th birthday and the NEA Read Across America
Day. Top entries will also be featured on Time Warner's Web
site. To see last year's
winning stories, visit http://www.magnetmail.net/ls.cfm?r=2707054&sid=100788&m=27703&u=CTPPA&s=http://www.accesstimewarner.com/seuss. For more information, contact Deane
Leavenworth at 818-998-2228.
Support the Emma Bowen
One of FORUM's distinctive traditions is the Silent
Auction and Opening Reception. This year the Silent Auction will
kick of FORUM on the evening of Sunday, March 21. For the sixth
year, the Silent Auction will benefit the Emma L. Bowen
Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. The Foundation is
dedicated to offering minority youth the support, education and
skills needed to obtain jobs in the media industry.
Support the foundation by donating an
item to the Silent Auction. Past popular items include the
Beatles CD box set, collector's DVD's, personal electronics,
tickets to live shows and concerts, and jewelry. All platinum
items, donations valued at $500 and up, will be sold at a live
and entertaining auction held during the reception.
To guarantee your donation is listed
in the Silent Auction Bid Book, please send in the donation
form by March 10, 2004. Please send all donated items to
CTPAA, 1724 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036, by
March 12, 2003.
Launches "Oh! Get the Money"
Oxygen has launched its fourth annual contest
to help women start their own businesses. Three winners will
receive $25,000 toward their business initiatives and a trip to
New York City to attend a tailored business workshop led by
Rosalind Resnick, a top small business expert. The "Oh! Get the
Money" contest, formerly entitled Build Your Own Business,
begins March 1, and extends through March 31st.
Oxygen invites local cable system
affiliates to partner with them on "Oh! Get the Money." As
partners, cable systems can display point-of-sale materials with
entry information at local cable offices and at local
advertisers. They may also promote their high-speed Internet
service as a crucial tool for starting a business or host an
event sponsored by Oxygen in their community. The cable system
participation deadline for "Oh! Get the Money" is February 25,
This year, the program is giving out
more prize money to women than in previous years. To
encourage entries, Oxygen will air "Oh! Get the Money"
promotional spots featuring "entrepreneurial icons," such as
Jose Natori, CEO of Natori Company; Marcia Kilgore, Founder of
BillWorld; and Dylan Lauren, Founder of Dylan's CandyBar.
General Motors Corporation is the presenting sponsor of "Oh! Get
Last year Oxygen received more than
12,000 entries in the Build Your Business program. Previous
winners include women whose businesses produce wearable designs
for handbags and bikini swimsuits from authentic concert
T-Shirts, theme-related garden kits that allow children to
experience the wonders of creating their own gardens,
personalized memory quilts that utilize customers' own fabrics
and mementos, and unique furniture made from "tapa," a
Polynesian/Hawaiian fabric produced from hand-pounded mulberry
bark. For more information, contact Oxygen's Mirian Arias at 212-651-9391.