January 28, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
FORUM 2005 Will Focus on 'Expanding Cable's Connections'
First Round Beacon Judging Completed
NCTA Names McSlarrow New President & CEO
Lifetime Teams With National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Cox Las Vegas Donates More Than 200 Computers to Students in Need
Nominate a Colleague for the 2005 Public Affairs Achievement Award
Increase Awareness of Your Company with FORUM Sponsorships
Thank You Corporate Members!

 FORUM 2005 Will Focus on 'Expanding Cable's Connections'
With the realization that cable public affairs executives face unique challenges as the industry continues to rollout new products, go head to head with a broad range of competitors and keep its roots firmly planted in local communities, the CTPAA FORUM 2005 Committee has chosen the theme, "Expanding Cable's Connections." This theme will be woven throughout the general sessions and breakout panels at the conference, scheduled for May 1-4, 2005, in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. CTPAA will also celebrate the association's 20th anniversary during the conference.

"Expanding Cable's Connections" reflects the industry's ever growing range of products and services and the challenges that cable public affairs professionals face in connecting with even greater numbers of customers, policy leaders, and members of the media to educate them on cable telecommunications services and entertainment options.

FORUM 2005 has already received speaking commitments from several leading industry executives including George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports; Jim Robbins, president and CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.; and Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO, Courtroom Television Network. These innovative and highly motivated executives will take part in the Opening General Session on Monday, May 2. Invitations have been extended to additional industry executives to participate on this panel.

"The integration of community outreach and public affairs activities tied to business and policy objectives are vital components of our industry's efforts to ensure customers, policy makers, and Wall Street understand new products and service benefits," said Peter Kiley, CTPAA president and vice president, affiliate relations, C-SPAN Networks. "FORUM 2005 will provide cable industry professionals attending the conference additional tools to assure their success and that of their companies in a highly competitive marketplace."

The three-day educational program will feature general and breakout sessions on community relations, government relations, communications/technology, and public affairs fundamentals. The volunteer executives overseeing the overall FORUM 2005 program as Co-chairs are Scoot MacPherson, executive vice president, corporate & government affairs, Courtroom Television Network, and Anthony Surratt, executive director, public relations, Cox Communications, Inc.

CTPAA will also announce the winners of the 2005 Beacon Awards, honoring excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry, during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at FORUM. The 2005 Beacon co-chairs are Peggy Ballard, vice president, strategic communications, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable.

Save $100 by registering for FORUM before April 15, 2005. Visit the FORUM page of the CTPAA Web site for more information on FORUM 2005 including a preliminary agenda, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information.
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 First Round Beacon Judging Completed
CTPAA members from across the nation converged at the NCTA building in Washington, D.C., January 26 and 27 to participate as first round judges for the 2005 Beacon Awards. Wednesday morning Peter Kiley, CTPAA's president and vice president of affiliate relations C-SPAN Networks, welcomed the group and thanked them for volunteering their time over the next two days to review 373 Beacon entries.

Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs Time Warner Cable and co-chair of the 2005 Beacon Awards Committee, then lead the group through an in-depth review of judging procedures. Bev Wilhide, manager, public affairs Comcast Atlantic Division, joined him to introduce the scoring rubric.

Tuesday evening NCTA hosted a reception for all Beacon judges at the nearby Hotel Tabard Inn. The final round of Beacon judging will be on Thursday, February 17. Approximately 40 senior public affair professionals will review the entries that advanced to the final round. They will determine which entries will be finalists and the 2005 Beacon winners. CTPAA will announce the finalists in March and the winners during the 2005 Beacon Awards gala on May 3 at the conclusion of FORUM 2005.

Thanks to all 47 volunteers who participated as first round Beacon judges earlier this week:

Lisa Alston, Courtroom Television Network
Portia Badham, BadWyn Communications
Peggy Ballard, Scientific-Atlanta
Michelle Baran, Scientific-Atlanta
Karen Benson, Cox Communications
Paul Braun, Time Warner Cable
Kevin Broadhurst, Comcast
William Bronson, Comcast
Monica Callahan, Comcast
Constance Cannon, MTV Networks
Ayn Craciun, Cox Communications
Andi Curtis, Time Warner Cable
Erica Eusebio, Comcast
Roberta Farman, Time Warner Cable
Elizabeth Ferrier, Cablevision
Christine Fitz, Comcast
Randy Fraser, Time Warner Cable
Allison Frey Shelton, NCTA
Davida Garr, Comcast
Kim Gilmore, The History Channel
Jessica Graham, APR, Time Warner Cable
Kristen Grossnickle, Comcast
Lori Hansen, Time Warner Cable
Erin Harvego, Rainbow Sports Networks/Sportskool
Ashley Hrycyk, Comcast
Rachel Jones, Comcast
Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Andrea Katsenes, Cox Communications
Karen La Cava, Time Warner Cable
Nancy Larkin, Fox Sports Net
Reinaldo Llano, Bright House Networks
Sonya Lockett, BET
Cheryl McCormick, Louisiana Cable & Telecommunications Association
Whitney Moose, Insight Communications
Maryann Plastino-Charles, EWTN Global Catholic Network
Mead Rust, A&E Television Networks/The History Channel
Stacy Schmitt, Time Warner Cable
Christine St. Jean, Comcast
Stacy Stadler, Time Warner Cable
Melany Stroupe, Cable ONE
Sara Stutzenstein, Scientific-Atlanta
Richard Taub, Hispanic Information TV Network
Jana Wallack, ABC Cable Networks Group
Susan Warner, Time Warner Cable
Beverly Wilhide, Comcast
Summer Wilkie, Oxygen Media
Brian Wirth, Time Warner Cable
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 NCTA Names McSlarrow New President & CEO
Kyle McSlarrow, U.S. deputy secretary of energy and a former top aide to key members of the U.S. Senate, has been named President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), effective March 1, 2005.

McSlarrow will serve as the cable industry's chief advocate and representative in its relationships with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal agencies, and will manage the staff, programs, and initiatives of NCTA. He will succeed NCTA President & CEO Robert Sachs.

On Tuesday McSlarrow visited the NCTA office and spoke with the staff. The executive search committee chose McSlarrow after a six-month effort. McSlarrow has served as Deputy Secretary of Energy and Chief Operating Officer of the Department since 2001. The Department of Energy encompasses over 100,000 federal and contractor employees, 17 national labs, and a budget of $23 billion.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, McSlarrow was Vice President of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, a privately-held Internet company marketing Web-based political tools and services. He also held several positions in the political arena, most recently serving as National Chairman for former Vice President Dan Quayle's presidential campaign. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to Senators Bob Dole (R-KS) and Trent Lott (R-MS), when each served as Senate Majority Leader. He was also Chief of Staff for the late Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-GA). McSlarrow is an attorney and has worked in private practice in Washington D.C., on environmental and energy litigation. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, he served in the Secretary of the Army's office as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army from 1985 to 1989. He and his wife, Alison, live in Falls Church, Va.
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 Lifetime Teams With National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Lifetime is partnering with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to motivate parents and teens to start a dialogue about the risks of teen pregnancy. Even with recent declines, approximately 34 percent of teenage girls get pregnant at least once before age 20, resulting in more than 820,000 teenage pregnancies each year.

In March, Lifetime will air "Mother at Sixteen," a drama about a young girl facing the consequences of becoming pregnant. Lifetime has created a series of PSAs featuring Mercedes Ruehl and Danielle Panabaker, who play the mother and daughter in the film. The PSAs will lead up to the film and will encourage viewers to visit Lifetime's Web site or the National Campaign's Web site to get more information about preventing pregnancy. The National Campaign's Web site will feature a parent's guide to the movie, including talking points for prompting conversation. After the film is shown, a Weblog will allow viewers to reflect on the movie and questions it raised. For more information, contact Tracy Speed at tspeed@lifetimetv.com.

The National Campaign was founded in 1996 with the mission of improving the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing teen pregnancy. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative supported almost entirely by private donations. Last year Lifetime teamed with the organization on a similar effort addressing sexually transmitted diseases among teens.
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 Cox Las Vegas Donates More Than 200 Computers to Students in Need
Cox Communications of Las Vegas partnered with an area high school organization to donate more than 200 used computers to students and organizations in need. Cox employees delivered "gently used" computers from their offices to Chaparral High School. Then a school organization called CyberCorp, comprised of student volunteers and members of the school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization, installed new software, modems, and word processors in each computer. The refurbished machines will be donated to local after-school programs, non-profit organizations, and individual students who cannot afford to buy a computer.

Thirty-six of the computers will be sent to community Habitat for Humanity homes thanks to a local Girl Scout, Sarah Giampa. Giampa worked with Cox and CyberCorp to provide the computers to Habitat partner families as part of her Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. For more information, contact Stephanie Stallworth at stephanie.stallworth@cox.com.
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 Nominate a Colleague for the 2005 Public Affairs Achievement Award
Nominate a fellow cable public affairs executive for the Public Affairs Achievement Award. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2005. Presented annually during FORUM, the award recognizes and honors individual members for their outstanding contributions to cable public affairs in the categories of community relations, government relations, media relations or local programming.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Current member of CTPAA
  • Member of CTPAA for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Worked in public affairs a minimum of five (5) years
  • Supports the goals of the CTPAA
  • Employed by a MSO, Local System, Cable Network, Industry Supplier, or Industry Nonprofit Organization
  • Individuals are eligible to receive the award once for each of the four categories.
  • The current CTPAA President is not eligible for nomination until two years after his or her term in office.

For information on how to nominate someone or to obtain a nomination form, please go to the membership page of the CTPAA Web site.
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 Increase Awareness of Your Company with FORUM Sponsorships
FORUM 2005 is just over three months away, and sponsorship opportunities are going quickly. Sponsorship of an event or conference item during FORUM 2005 places your company directly in front of 400 to 500 cable public affairs professionals. Through the generous support of sponsors, CTPAA will be able to underwrite the delivery of superior educational programs and sessions during FORUM 2005. Visit the FORUM Web site to view the many sponsorship opportunities that are still available. To reserve your sponsorship or to discuss other sponsorship ideas, contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or at sjones@ctpaa.org.
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a 2005 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gemstar-TV Guide
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Encore Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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