February 25, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
CTPAA To Honor Bresnan, FitzPatrick & Beales With President's Awards
Final Round Judging for 2005 Beacon Awards Completed
Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations Due Monday
CTPAA & CableWORLD Seek Entries for Second Annual Programming Award
Help Update the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide
Weather Channel Poster Contest Encourages Severe Weather Safety
Time Warner System Donates Phone Service to Los Angeles Area Organizations
The N Hosts Community Events to Promote "Miracle's Boys"
Exceptional Opportunities Abound at FORUM 2005
Job Opening at NCTA
Thank You Corporate Members!

 CTPAA To Honor Bresnan, FitzPatrick & Beales With President's Awards
CTPAA announced Bill Bresnan, chairman and CEO, Bresnan Communications; Paul FitzPatrick, executive vice president and COO, Crown Media Holdings; and Char Beales, president and CEO, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) as the 2005 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. The award, selected annually by the CTPAA president, 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, vice president of affiliate relations for C-SPAN Networks, made the selections.

"For many years Bill Bresnan has been one of the industry's best 'good guys' and do-gooders. Since acquiring more than 300,000 subs in the Great Plains, he has done a remarkable job rebuilding systems and more importantly enhanced relationships with regulators and customers," said Kiley.

"Under the watch of Paul FitzPatrick, Hallmark Channel has become the fastest growing network and provides a number of excellent public affairs outreach programs, and notably Paul has effectively delivered cable's messages to Capitol Hill. He is one of the industry's unsung heroes," noted Kiley.

"Char Beales has bridged the gap between public affairs and marketing through numerous CTAM initiatives," remarked Kiley. "CTAM has run its collaborative marketing conference, hosted several public affairs sessions and speakers at Summit, and initiated several consumer outreach campaigns that include strong public affairs elements. She is a true industry leader."

Bresnan, FitzPatrick and Beales will be honored during the Beacon Awards Gala, on Tuesday, May 3 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., during FORUM 2005, "Expanding Cable's Connections."
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 Final Round Judging for 2005 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 2005 Beacon Awards at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) building in Washington, D.C., on February 17. Steve Jones, CTPAA's executive director, welcomed the group and thanked them for volunteering their time to help the association. Beacon co-chair Brian Wirth, vice president, government and public affairs, Time Warner Cable and Donelle Blubaugh, vice president, strategic partnerships for Topics Education and a member of the Beacon Awards judging operations work group, then lead the group through an in-depth review of judging procedures.

Thirty-five senior public affair professionals reviewed the 147 entries that advanced to the final round to determine which ones will be finalists and 2005 Beacon Award winners. All the entries that advanced to the final round scored 89 points or higher (out of 100) in the first round of judging held on January 26 and 27.

CTPAA will announce the finalists next week.  Each finalist will be notified by a letter and the list of finalists will be posted on the Web site.  As part of FORUM 2005, on May 3, CTPAA will announce the winners during the 2005 Beacon Awards gala. Thanks to all 35 volunteers who participated as final round Beacon judges last week:

Jeffrey Alexander, Comcast
Christina Anderson, NCTA
Portia Badham, BadWyn Communications
Peggy Ballard, Scientific-Atlanta
Amanda Batson, ADB Partners
Donelle Blubaugh, Topics Education
Susan Breckenridge, Time Warner Cable
Chelsye Burrows, Starz Encore Group
Janice Caluda, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Anne Cowan, CTAM
Brian Dietz, NCTA
Mary Dixon, Lifetime Television
Sol Doten, Fox Cable Networks
Bob Gold, Bob Gold & Associates
Susan Gunn, CTSi
Bonnie Hathaway, Time Warner Cable
Mallard Holliday, Cox Communications
Jennifer Iras, Turner Broadcasting
Paul Jacobson, Adelphia Communications Corporation
Georgia Juvelis, Gemstar-TV Guide
Maryann Kafer, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
William Kettleson, Comcast
Steve Kim, Time Warner Cable
Kathy Lane, The Weather Channel
Wonya Lucas, The Weather Channel
Wayne O'Dell, Cable Telecommunications Association of MD, DE & DC
Kristin Peck, Cox Communications
Steve Schorr, Cox Communications
Misty Skedgell, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Mike Smith, Comcast
Rob Stoddard, NCTA
Melany Stroupe, Cable ONE
Brian Sullivan, Education Showcase
Lee Tenebruso, Courtroom Television Network
Brian Wirth, Time Warner Cable
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 Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations Due Monday
Nominate a fellow cable public affairs executive for the Public Affairs Achievement Award. The deadline is Monday, 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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 CTPAA & CableWORLD Seek Entries for Second Annual Programming Award
To highlight important public affairs programming on cable television, CTPAA and CableWORLD are seeking entries for the second annual Public Affairs Programming Award to be presented at FORUM 2005. The award winner and honorable mentions will be featured in an article in CableWORLD. The deadline for entries is March 7, 2005. A panel of representatives from CTPAA, CableWORLD, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) will judge the entries.

To be eligible, programs must have run on a cable channel between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2004. Programs may be documentaries, films, specials or episode(s) of a series. Programs must raise awareness of or further the public's understanding of an important public affairs issue in an educational and entertaining manner. The program should make its points clearly and in a thought-provoking manner, and the quality of the production should add to the value.

Proceeds from the entry fee will benefit CTPAA. For additional information on how to enter, view the Call for Entries or contact Seth Arenstein at 301-354-1782 or sarenstein@accessintel.com.
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 Help Update the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide
Originally introduced by NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department in the spring of 2001, the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG) is being re-launched by NCTA and CTPAA in conjunction with FORUM 2005, May 1-4 in Washington, DC. The partnership of NCTA and CTPAA extends the Guide's reach to every public affairs professional in the industry.

As a full-scale, on-line searchable database with information about public affairs initiatives conducted by cable companies, systems and networks at both the national and local levels, the goal of PAIG is to be a useful tool for those researching or seeking successful public affairs ideas and partnership opportunities that can be replicated in their own communities. The Guide can also serve as a useful demonstration of the cable industry's commitment to public affairs and the communities it serves.

Member input is needed to make the Guide as up-to-date as possible. NCTA and CTPAA would like to include in the Guide descriptions of companies' current public affairs initiatives, especially those that have run or were launched in the past year. To that end, a submission form is available for download from NCTA's Web site. Please use a separate form for each initiative (complete instructions and contact information are provided on the form). Then, either e-mail or fax back the forms to NCTA Communications & Public Affairs. Completed forms should be returned to NCTA no later than Friday, March 11, 2005. The re-launched Public Affairs Initiatives Guide will appear in time for FORUM 2005 in early May.

NCTA and CTPAA appreciate members' help and look forward to offering this updated and valuable resource tool to the industry. Please contact Allison Frey Shelton in NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department with any questions, at 202-775-3629 or ashelton@ncta.com.
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 Weather Channel Poster Contest Encourages Severe Weather Safety
More than 800 students from across the U.S. submitted posters featuring severe weather safety tips for The Weather Channel's Forecast for Safety contest. Seven grand prize winners were recognized and their schools received a LaCrosse PC Interface Wireless Weather Station that will allow students to measure and track weather data. The contest is a component of the SafeSide campaign, a Weather Channel education initiative with the goal of informing students and their families about the preparation needed to survive the most dangerous weather-related events including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and severe winter weather.

Weather stations were awarded to the schools of grand prize winners from each of the seven elementary school grade levels eligible to compete. The grand prize winning students received an engraved plaque and a gift certificate from the Outback Steakhouse, co-sponsor of the contest. Second place winners received a gift certificate and a portable radio, and third place winners received a gift certificate and a compass. In addition, Outback Steakhouse invited the class with the largest participation at each school to a recognition party and "walkabout" at the local restaurant.

SafeSide activities provide opportunities for teachers to include weather-related topics in their curriculum. Teaching students about weather is a practical way to introduce them to science that affects their everyday lives and is also a requirement under national education standards. For more information, contact Connie Malko at cmalko@weather.com.
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 Time Warner System Donates Phone Service to Los Angeles Area Organizations
Time Warner Cable's Los Angeles division donated one month of free digital phone service to three greater Los Angeles area non-profits that serve senior citizens: ONEgeneration in Van Nuys, the Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center in Huntington Beach, and Acacia Adult Day services in Garden Grove. The phone service is being offered to allow seniors and other clients of the organizations to call friends and loved ones throughout the month of February in celebration of Valentine's Day.

Many of the senior citizens that these organizations serve have relatives who live in different parts of the country and making long distance phone calls can be a financial burden. Time Warner hopes they will benefit from the free long distance service by being able to stay connected with loved ones. ONEgeneration is a civic leadership organization that promotes healthy aging, successful early childhood development, and quality programs to serve seniors, children and families in diverse communities. The Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center serves seniors with a variety of social, recreational and educational programs promoting wellness and improved quality of life. Acacia Adult Day Services is a supportive agency that enables senior citizens and persons with disabilities to live more independently. For more information, contact Deane Leavenworth at 818-998-2228 or at deane.leavenworth@twcable.com.
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 The N Hosts Community Events to Promote "Miracle's Boys"
Teen network The N held a series of community events in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to promote the message behind its new miniseries "Miracle's Boys." The film chronicles the lives of three, orphaned, multiracial boys in New York who have only each other to rely on after the death of their mother. The N partnered with Big Brothers and Sisters of America chapters in five target cities to host screenings at Regal Cinema locations. At two of the screenings, a star from the film was on hand to participate in the discussion that followed. Sean Nelson attended the screening in New York. His character, Charlie, is the middle brother who just returned home from one year in a juvenile detention center. Pooch Hall, who plays the oldest brother Ty'Ree, attended the screening in Los Angeles. In the film, Ty'Ree gives up a scholarship at MIT to come home and raise his two younger brothers. For more information contact Denise Bennett at 212-654-6690.
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 Exceptional Opportunities Abound at FORUM 2005
The Early Bird Registration Deadline for FORUM 2005 is just seven weeks away. Don't miss this opportunity to save $100 off your registration for the industry's premiere event for cable public affairs by registering before April 15, 2005. This year's conference will be held May 1-4 at the Ritz-Carlton ($245 - S/D), Washington, D.C.  Check out the preliminary agenda for a sample of what the conference will offer.

On Sunday, May 1, 2005, CTPAA and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will hold a master course for professionals who need to understand the high-tech services that cable offers. This accelerated course titled, "Talking Cable Tech: A Crash Course in Broadband Technology," sponsored by Scientific-Atlanta, will focus on technologies behind digital video, HDTV, High Speed Internet, Home Networking, VoIP and more. In addition, the seminar will present a peek at technologies just over the horizon to provide participants with an idea of where the industry is headed from a technological perspective. There is an additional fee of $125 for the course ($175 for non-CTPAA members). For information on FORUM 2005 and the master course, visit the FORUM Web page
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 Job Opening at NCTA
The National Cable & Telecommunication Association's (NCTA) Association Affairs department in Washington, DC, has a job opening for a Director of Industry Grassroots Development. The position involves developing and maintaining a grassroots network and organizing grassroots activities to support federal initiatives with association member companies and state cable associations. The person will also serve as a liaison to strengthen cable's relationship with intergovernmental groups. Applicants should have strong public speaking, writing, organizational and advocacy skills, and an ability to motivate grassroots contacts. To apply, please send your resume to jjanucik@ncta.com
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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.

Benefactors
ABC Cable Networks Group
ESPN
G4
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
BET
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
CableLabs
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gemstar-TV Guide
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
HBO
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
Scientific-Atlanta
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Encore Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association 
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