March 11, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
CTPAA Announces Finalists for 2005 Beacon Awards
Support the Emma L. Bowen Foundation by Donating Silent Auction Items
Lifetime Marks Fourth Annual 'Stop Violence Against Women Week'
NCTA, CTPAA & CTAM Introduce 'Business of Cable' Certificate
Comcast Corporation Pledges $2.2 Million to National Youth Service Organization
Court TV Sponsors Discussion on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
HGTV Honors Sewall-Belmont House With 'A Salute to Preservation'
Comcast Bay Area Reacts Quickly to Replace Stolen Computers at Local School
Cox Northern Virginia Pledges $3 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs
CTPAA Members Honored for Industry Achievements
Remember to Make Hotel Reservations for FORUM by April 4th!
Thank You Corporate Members!

 CTPAA Announces Finalists for 2005 Beacon Awards
The Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) recently announced the names of the finalists for the 2005 Beacon Awards. The Beacon Awards honor excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry. Winners will be named during the Beacon Awards Gala, set for Tuesday, May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC, in conjunction with CTPAA's FORUM 2005 conference, "Expanding Cable's Connections."

"The magnitude of cable's contribution toward improving the quality of life for our viewers, customers and the communities we serve is very clear when you review a year's worth of the industry's best pubic affairs practices," said Peggy Ballard, 2005 Beacon Awards' co-chair and vice president, strategic communications, Scientific-Atlanta.

Brian Wirth, 2005 Beacon Awards' co-chair and vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable, added, "We are very grateful to the 82 public affairs professionals who served as judges for this year's competition, and we look forward to celebrating the 'best of the best' at our Beacon Awards Ceremony in May."

A complete list of the 2005 Beacon Awards Finalists is on the CTPAA Web site CTPAA has also posted a video of Ballard commenting on the importance of the 2005 Beacon Award entries and the judging experience. For more information on the 2005 Beacon Awards, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or mbutler@ctpaa.org.
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 Support the Emma L. Bowen Foundation by Donating Silent Auction Items
The Silent Auction is one of the most anticipated events during FORUM. This year, The Silent Auction & Opening Reception will kick off FORUM 2005 on Sunday, May 1 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. In a change from previous auction programs, this year Platinum level items (donations valued at $1,000 and up) will be awarded through a raffle system. For the seventh year, proceeds from the 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. Money raised from past auctions has funded the organization's annual student congress now held in New York City.

Support the Foundation by donating an item for the 2005 Silent Auction. Gift items received in the past include vacation trips, tickets to sporting events, DVD box sets, watches, Palm Pilots, digital cameras, and children's items. If you wish to make a donation, please send the donation form and the gift item to CTPAA's offices at 1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Donation forms must be received by April 15, 2005, to guarantee listing in the bid book, and items must be received by April 25, 2005.  For more information, visit the FORUM Web site or contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org.
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 Lifetime Marks Fourth Annual 'Stop Violence Against Women Week'
This week Lifetime Television came to Washington, D.C., to mark the fourth annual "Stop Violence Against Women Week" with a packed schedule of events to bring attention to this important issue that will affect one in three women. Lifetime invited thousands of anti-violence activists and celebrities to descend on the national's capitol to urge legislators to work to stop all forms of violence including domestic abuse, sexual assualt, and stalking.

A highlight of the week was the Lifetime and Wireless Foundation Champions for Change Gala Reception on Wednesday, March 9. The reception honored women and men who have offered their time and voices to raise awareness of all forms of violence against women. This year's Champions for Change included Grammy-winning artists and advocates Alanis Morissette and Lee Ann Womack; the World Champion Boston Red Sox, the first Major League Baseball team to invite Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society to train their players through the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program; country duo Big & Rich whose song "Holy Water" pays tribute to their sisters, both victims of domestic abuse; and Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, who has spoken out against the epidemic of abduction, sexual assault and murder of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

One of the most emotional parts of the evening was when Congresswomen Caroline Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Congressman Mark Green (R-Wisc.) surprised rape survivor Debbie Smith and her husband Rob, who have turned their devastating experience into a nationwide lobbying effort to pass the Justice For All Act to clear out the DNA backlog and help prosecute thousands of rapists. The Smiths were honored as Champions for Change and received an official copy of the law they helped pass.

Results of a recent poll conducted by Lifetime illustrate the gravity of violence against women; seven out of ten women and men ages 16-24 know someone in an abusive relationship. However, the survey does suggest progress in that young people see gender violence as a serious issue that should be addressed publicly, not a private, silent problem. Sixty three percent of those surveyed named law enforcement as the first or second group most responsible for addressing the problem. More than one-third said Congress was either first or second most responsible.

Lifetime asked members of Congress and the Bush administration to stand up against violence by wearing specially designed scarfs or ties throughout the week. The network and its partners also held a number of Congressional events, including a conversation on the status of women around the world featuring Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), and Harry Reid (D-Nev.). This event commemorated International Women's Day and addressed the Violence Against Women Act, a piece of legislation that provides funding for critical services and programs for those who have been affected by violence and is currently up for reauthorization. Members of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues spoke up for this legislation on the House floor on Wednesday.

Other events included a dinner highlighting efforts to combat sex trafficking, and a "Salute to Leading Men" reception to honor men in the U.S. House of Representatives who are leaders in the efforts to stop violence against women.  "Stop Violence Against Women Week" is part of Lifetime's larger public advocacy campaign, "Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women." For more information, contact Geralyn Lucas at lucas@lifetimetv.com.   
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 NCTA, CTPAA & CTAM Introduce 'Business of Cable' Certificate
A new program to enable cable industry conference participants to earn credit towards a business certificate will be launched at The 2005 National Show, the 54th Annual Convention & International Exposition of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), April 3-5 in San Francisco.

In addition to The National Show, participants working toward "The Business of Cable" certificate program will earn credits based on their attendance at the educational sessions of CTPAA's FORUM 2005, May 1-4 in Washington, D.C., and The CTAM Summit, the annual national marketing conference of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), July 24-26 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Each educational session at The National Show, FORUM or The CTAM Summit will count for either one or two credits. Attendees must accumulate 30 credits to earn "The Business of Cable" certificate. Participants can decide their pace, as there is no set time period to earn the certificate. When attendees reach 30 credits, NCTA will notify the individual's company of the accomplishment. While the new program is being launched in conjunction with these three conferences, additional meetings may be added to the certificate program in the future.

Attendees must register for the certificate program and then, at the end of each educational session at the three conferences, they will receive a special code to enter in the Web-based tracking program, to verify attendance. To register for "The Business of Cable" certificate or for more information, visit www.businessofcable.com.
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 Comcast Corporation Pledges $2.2 Million to National Youth Service Organization
Comcast Corporation has expanded its commitment to City Year, Inc., the Boston-based national youth service organization, with a $2.2 million pledge to help young adults participate in City Year's program, a year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. The three-year commitment, funded through the Comcast Foundation, represents a $1 million increase over Comcast's initial grant to City Year in 2002. Comcast's support will enable an expansion of the Leadership Training Program at City Year's 15 sites nationwide and will make Comcast the organization's National Leadership Development and Training Partner. City Year's training programs include Leadership Academies, workshops, roundtables and retreats for 17-24 year old corps members.

The grant will also establish a new Comcast Leadership Awards program, which will launch in 2005, to recognize City Year alumni who have upheld their commitment to community service. A panel of Comcast and City Year employees will recognize alumni who continue to exemplify City Year's core values of teamwork, responsibility, diversity, respect for others, leadership, innovation, and personal growth.

Comcast also will continue its in-kind commitment, providing airtime and production of PSAs that increase awareness of City Year's programs and mission. For more information, contact Jenni Moyer at jenni_moyer@comcast.com
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 Court TV Sponsors Discussion on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Court TV hosted a luncheon on Capitol Hill on March 1 to examine mandatory minimum sentencing and kick-off the network's new public service initiative, In Pursuit of Justice. The campaign is designed to nurture debate and raise awareness about important judicial issues, and to inspire Americans to become more engaged in the law and judicial system. The luncheon featured leading voices on this issue, including Barry Scheck, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and co-founder of the Innocence Project, John S. Martin, former U.S. District Court Judge & U.S. Attorney and Ted Olson, former Solicitor General. Court TV Chairman and CEO Henry Schleiff, and Court TV anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle co-hosted the discussion. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) also expressed their views and participated in the luncheon discussion.

The debate on mandatory minimum sentencing was recently reignited by two U.S. Supreme Court rulings. In the Booker and Fanfan cases, the Supreme Court ruled that federal sentencing guidelines are in part unconstitutional, so they are now advisory. However, this ruling did not affect mandatory minimums, which assign minimum sentences based on pre-set factors.

In Pursuit of Justice will shed light on other issues like this through on-air programming and community events such as forums and town hall meetings. It will also include an educational component that will introduce students to careers in the justice system through classroom events. Court TV will award four college scholarships annually to students who wish to pursue a career in justice. For more information, contact Scoot MacPherson at smacpherson@courttv.com.  
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 HGTV Honors Sewall-Belmont House With 'A Salute to Preservation'
In celebration of Women's History Month and as part of its Restore America: A Salute to Preservation initiative, Home & Garden Television (HGTV) honored the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C., at an event held there on March 3. HGTV was joined by its national partners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Save America's Treasures, a partner program of the Trust, the White House, and the National Park Service. Representatives from the sponsoring organizations and co-host Comcast Cable presented the Sewall-Belmont House with a commemorative quilt block and $75,000 for the ongoing restoration of the site. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Hillary Rodham Clinton were present to offer their praise and support for the preservation of this historical home.

The Sewall-Belmont House, a National Historic Landmark on Capitol Hill, is one of the premier women's history sites in the nation and home to a rare historic library and collection of original materials from the suffrage and equal rights movement. Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman's Party (NWP) in 1916, lived in the house for 43 years, and it has served as headquarters of the NWP since 1929.

In its second year, HGTV's Restore America initiative has again pledged $1 million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore Save America's Treasures sites. The Sewall-Belmont house is the sixth of twelve sites to be highlighted this year. HGTV also produces one-minute "Celebrity Salutes" and PSAs about each site, with the clip featuring the Sewall-Belmont House airing throughout the month of March. For more information, contact Amy Gibson, public relations coordinator, HGTV at 865-560-4639.
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 Comcast Bay Area Reacts Quickly to Replace Stolen Computers at Local School
Comcast Bay Area donated 20 computers and $2,500 to Cureton Elementary School in San Jose, Calif., after it was robbed this week for the second time. When a Comcast Bay Area employee heard that the local school had been robbed, losing eighteen computers and money that students had been raising to buy new books, he decided Comcast could do something to help. The employee arranged for Comcast to donate 20 computers and to help the students meet their monetary goal to buy new books. The computers were delivered today, and the company is also exploring the possibility of providing free high-speed Internet access to the school. Cureton Elementary is in one of San Jose's lower-income neighborhoods and has already endured numerous budget cuts. For more information, contact Erica Eusebio at erica_eusebio@cable.comcast.com.
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 Cox Northern Virginia Pledges $3 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs
Cox Communications Northern Virginia announced a $3 million commitment to the youth of Fairfax County through their support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and gang prevention awareness programs. The system will donate $1 million in direct funding and $2 million in in-kind services including production of programming and PSAs, over the next eight years. This support will help expand Boys & Girls clubs in the region and prevent gang violence through educational programming and increased opportunities for Virginia youth.

Cox made the announcement at the opening session of the Gang Prevention Summit held Feb. 25 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Cox will work with the county's Coordinating Council on Gang Prevention to launch a public awareness campaign that will include feature programming on Cox 35. Cox will also produce and air PSAs that will feature community leaders and will be shown in multiple languages to reach the county's diverse population.

On the national level, Cox Communications formed a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America  in 2004. For more information, contact Scott Broyles at scott.broyles@cox.com.
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 CTPAA Members Honored for Industry Achievements
CTPAA would like to congratulate several members who have been recognized recently for their achievement in the industry! First, congratulations to the entire 42-person communications team at ESPN for being named Corporate Communications Team of the Year at the annual PRWeek Awards ceremony on March 3 in New York. ESPN was recognized for a successful year in 2004, highlighted by the network's 25th anniversary, launch of ESPN HD, corporate outreach campaigns, and new original entertainment and programming. CTPAA board member Rosa Gatti, ESPN's senior vice president, corporate communications and outreach, and CTPAA member Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president, consumer communications, accepted the award on behalf of their team.

Three CTPAA members will receive Vanguard Awards from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) at The National Show in San Francisco. Decker Anstrom, president & COO of Landmark Communications and a member of the CTPAA Board of Advisors, will receive a 2005 Vanguard Award for "Distinguished Leadership," the cable industry's top honor. Steve Miron, president of Advance/Newhouse Communications, will receive the Vanguard Award for Young Leadership, and Lori McFarling, senior vice president, affiliate sales & marketing, Discovery Communications, will get the Vanguard for Marketing. The Vanguard Awards will be presented at a reception on April 4, 2005.

Congratulations also go to the 2005 class of Cable Pioneers including CTPAA members Dave Andersen, senior vice president, communications, Charter Communications; A. Scott Hults III, vice president communication, EWTN Global Catholic Network; and Jud Stewart, vice president, marketing & programming, Armstrong. The class will be honored April 3, 2005, during The National Show.
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 Remember to Make Hotel Reservations for FORUM by April 4th!
FORUM 2005 is just over seven weeks away, May 1-4, 2005 in Washington, D.C., and several important deadlines are approaching. Make your reservation at the Ritz-Carlton by April 4, 2005, or you will miss out on the special CTPAA rate ($245 - S/D). Also, the Early Bird Registration Deadline is April 15, 2005. Don't miss this opportunity to save $100 off your registration. 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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 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. Click here for membership details.

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
Discovery Networks
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
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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