June 17, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Second Annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute Set for November
FORUM 2006 to be Held March 19-22 in Washington, DC
HGTV Salutes Preservationists at Third Annual Restore America Gala
Time Warner Cable Honors Innovative Teachers From Across the Country
CTPAA Donates Over $13,000 to Emma L. Bowen Foundation
Insight Penny-a-Day Program to Benefit Children's Hospital in Lexington
CNN Donates $1 Million to Encourage Minority Journalists
Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Second Annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute Set for November
Continuing its commitment to advance the skills and effectiveness of individuals working in cable public affairs, CTPAA will hold the second annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute November 14-16, 2005, at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. This three-day graduate level program will educate members on strategic management, communication, and public policy issues facing the cable industry.

The Institute, designed in close consultation with The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), draws from its world-renowned curriculum. It is specifically targeted at mid to senior level public affairs executives who are willing to challenge themselves to develop the enhanced skill sets necessary to meet the challenge of today's competitive marketplace.

"The inaugural Institute held last year was extremely successful, and participants gained advanced skills that are directly applicable to their daily responsibilities. Once again we are very pleased to partner with The George Washington University providing this educational opportunity to our members," said CTPAA Executive Director, Steve Jones.

The CTPAA Public Affairs Institute will educate participants from across the country by focusing on five core areas: strategic issue management, community relations and grassroots politics, strategic crisis management, effective lobbying principles at all government levels, and maximizing the impact of political contributions. CTPAA will begin accepting applications August 1, 2005, and successful candidates will be notified in mid-October. Tuition for the program is $3,000 and includes lodging and most meals.

"This program has been specifically designed for cable professionals to give them a practical understanding of the strategic communications necessary to survive in their industry's competitive marketplace. They will be taught by some of the best practitioners in the field," said Dr. Steven Billet, chief of staff, GSPM.

Each day will explore one or more different management issues through the use of case studies. Integrated with each case will be workshops and group activities that will reflect the GSPM's emphasis on practical policies, instead of theoretical approaches, by providing concrete examples and stimulating discussion. Participants in the Institute will leave with enhanced practical skills completely transferable to their daily work.

The CTPAA Public Affairs Institute is just one of the programs CTPAA offers its more than 600 members. Twenty-three members participated in the inaugural Institute held in December 2004, with participants coming from local cable systems, programming networks, multiple system operators and industry associations.

Other association programs include FORUM, a three-day, national, educational conference; the Beacon awards, recognizing excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry; CPR Facts, a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting public affairs news and events; an annual membership directory and resource guide; and electronic resources housed on the CTPAA Web site. Additionally CTPAA offers its members many other resources and networking opportunities to advance their careers.

For additional information on the CTPAA Public Affairs Institute, please contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or visit the CTPAA Web site.
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 FORUM 2006 to be Held March 19-22 in Washington, DC
CTPAA's annual conference will be in the nation's capital for the sixth consecutive year. Specifically designed for the cable public affairs professional, FORUM 2006 will be held March 19 to 22, 2006, at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. The JW Marriott also was the host hotel for FORUM in 2001. FORUM is the cable industry's annual educational conference dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals.

Members who make their hotel reservations at the JW Marriott on or before February 17, 2006, will be eligible for the group rate of $269/night plus tax. Visit the FORUM Web page for more information.

The FORUM 2006 Co-chairs, who produce and are responsible for the meeting agenda, are CTPAA Board Member Brett Perkins, vice president of government affairs, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. and Craig Watson, vice president of communications, Charter Communications.

CTPAA will announce the winners of the 2006 Beacon Awards, honoring excellence in public affairs throughout the cable industry, during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at FORUM. The 2006 Beacon Co-chairs are CTPAA Board Member Todd Schoen, senior vice president, affiliate marketing & ad sales, Fox Cable Networks and Beverly Wilhide, manager, public affairs, Comcast Atlantic Division.
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 HGTV Salutes Preservationists at Third Annual Restore America Gala
Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored visionaries in preserving America's heritage this week at the third annual Restore America: A Salute to Preservation gala event in Washington, D.C. The Restore America initiative is an on-going partnership between HGTV and the National Trust to raise awareness of and support for the nation's historic places. At this week's gala event, five visionary individuals and organizations were honored as Restore America Heroes: Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio), Bank of America, the Boston Red Sox, and Clest Lanier, executive director of the African American Heritage Foundation. In addition, HGTV pledged $1 million to support 12 community revitalization projects across the country.

Each of the individuals and organizations honored as Restore America Heroes have devoted significant time and effort to promote preservation. Fran Mainella, director of the National Park Service, presented the first award to Sen. Sarbanes. He was honored for creating several preservation projects in Maryland including initiatives to save endangered treasures such as Antietam Battlefield, the Chesapeake Bay skipjack fleet, and the West Side of downtown Baltimore. He also sponsored legislation to provide tax credit for preserving historic commercial buildings.

Rep. Turner was presented with his award by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Turner was honored for state and national efforts throughout his career, including sparking revitilazation in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as mayor and co-sponsoring a tax credit bill to promote preservation.  In 2003 Speaker Dennis Hastert named Turner chair of the Saving America's Cities working group where he addresses the challenges facing the nation's urban centers.

Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) presented the award to Bank of America President, Global Business & Financial Services Gene Taylor for the company's commitment to preservation including direct investment of an average of $55 million annually in historic rehabilitiation projects. Bank of America has also worked with the National Trust to provide loans to benefit low and mixed-income areas and to support tax credits for historic preservation.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino presented the owners of the Boston Red Sox with an award for the team's commitment to its historic home, Fenway Park. After making history last year by winning the World Series for the first time since 1918, the Red Sox chose to preserve history by restoring the beloved ballpark instead of demolishing it.

National Trust Chairman Jonathan Kemper presented the award to Clest Lanier for her work at the African American Heritage Foundation, an organization that works to help Kentucky residents preserve the heritage of African Americans and recognize the contributions they have made to their communities. Her dedication has transformed a neighborhood of deteriorated 19th century industrial buildings in Louisville, Ky., into the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, a celebration of a people's life, history and culture.

In addition to awarding successful preservation initiatives, HGTV's monetary support will help make 12 projects a reality. Grants will be awarded to sites including Pilots' Row in San Francisco, the Pacific Electric Building in Los Angeles, MacGillivray's Pharmacy in Baltimore, Md., and the Lucien Moore House in Detroit, Mich. In addition to providing funds for these projects, HGTV has also created PSAs about each site that will air beginning in October.

The gala event held June 21 also featured a live auction for prize packages including heritage travel packages to historic sites such as the Lincoln Cottage and the Greenbrier. Christie's Americas Chairman Stephen S. Lash conducted the live auction. For more information, contact Audrey Adlam, HGTV, at 212-549-8599.
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 Time Warner Cable Honors Innovative Teachers From Across the Country
On June 7, more than 100 educators, cable industry professionals, and government officials gathered in Washington, D.C., to honor the winners of Time Warner Cable's 2005 National Teacher Awards. Now in its 16th year, the awards program recognizes K-12 teachers who bring enrichment and innovation to classrooms across the country. This year more than 35 teachers representing schools from Maine to Hawaii received this prestigious honor. The teachers received an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards gala, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where they received a Crystal Apple award and a $1,000 cash prize.

The award-winning projects encompassed a variety of educational topics and made education fun for the students whether they were learning about the Civil War, reading Dickens, or building electrical circuits. Each of the teachers supplemented their lessons with cable programming provided free by Time Warner Cable and networks such as CNN, The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, The History Channel, and The Weather Channel.

At the awards gala, the teachers were honored by Time Warner Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Lynn Yaeger. They were then addressed by keynote speaker Dr. Mike Heithaus, behavioral ecologist from National Geographic Channel's Everday Explorer, who spoke about the new educational initiative and the importance of following your passion. While in D.C., the teachers also toured the Smithsonian Museum of American History, particularly the First Lady and Price of Freedom exhibits. Many also took advantage of the opportunity to visit with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. For more information, contact Susan Warner at susan.warner@twcable.com.
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 CTPAA Donates Over $13,000 to Emma L. Bowen Foundation
On Monday, CTPAA presented a check for $13,221 to the board of directors of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media during its summer meeting in New York City. This is the seventh consecutive year CTPAA has donated the proceeds from the association's silent auction, the opening event for FORUM 2005 held in Washington, D.C., to the Bowen Foundation.

Over the past seven years, CTPAA members have raised and contributed more than $85,000 to the Bowen Foundation through the silent auction. The Bowen Foundation will use the donation to underwrite its nearly week long, annual Student Congress held in New York City during June.

"CTPAA strongly supports and endorses the mission of the Bowen Foundation to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students. The broad diversity within this country should be reflected by diversity and related employment opportunities within the cable industry," said CTPAA executive director Steve Jones. "Bowen Foundation 'graduates' are now moving into leadership roles at companies such as HBO, C-SPAN, Nickelodeon, CNN, MTV as well as other non-cable media outlets, and CTPAA is proud to have played a small part in that through its donations of over $85,000 to the Foundation."

Individuals, operators, programmers, and others donated approximately 60 items for the auction. A sampling of items for auction included a silver iPod Mini donated by Insight Communications, a Walk-On Role in a Hallmark Channel Movie donated by Hallmark Channel, an Orrefors crystal bowl and Jaffa crystal pitcher donated by Bresnan Communications and a Golf Package at Crystal Springs Resort donated by Bloomberg Television.

An important component of FORUM, the silent auction and welcoming reception have been an outstanding opportunity for members to support worthy causes over the years. Mike Smith, a former member of the CTPAA board of directors and currently director, government & public affairs, Tri-State System, Comcast; served as the auctioneer for the "live" auction items during the luncheon program on Tuesday, May 3, 2005.

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was established in 1989 by the media industry as a diversity initiative to increase the talent pool of qualified minority candidates for entry and mid-level career opportunities. Unlike traditional intern programs, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation and its corporate partners offer a five-year work/study program for minority students with proven scholastic achievement to work for partner companies during summers from students' junior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students are carefully screened based on academic records and recommendations from the faculty and advisors.

More than 175 students are currently in the program and approximately 150 have graduated from college. Many graduates are now pursuing their careers in media companies in production, sales and marketing, operations and engineering. The Emma L. Bowen Foundation also maintains a talent bank of minority business professionals for its partner companies.
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 Insight Penny-a-Day Program to Benefit Children's Hospital in Lexington
Insight Communications in Lexington, Ky., has launched a new Penny-a-Day fundraising program to raise money for the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. Customers sign up to participate and then 30 cents is added to their cable bill each month, amounting to a total donation of $3.60 a year. One hundred percent of donations collected will go directly to the Children's Hospital.

The Penny-a-Day program launched in April and has seen great success. To promote the opportunity, Insight has aired PSAs, including one that features University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Mickie DeMoss, and provided information on customer bills and the company Web site. Insight will also promote the program through the Chamber of Commerce and at Fifth-Third Bank locations where customers can sign up when they pay their bills. A toll-free hotline and special email address has been set up to help customers register. Insight will continue to reach out to its 83,000 customers in Lexington to encourage them to give.

Insight employees have also made a commitment to help with the Children's Miracle Network telethon that will take place Saturday, June 18, 2005. Insight employees will answer phones and take donations. John Dobken, regional manager, government and regulatory affairs for Insight, will be interviewed about the Penny-a-Day program and how people can get involved. For more information, contact Dobken at dobken.j@insight-com.com.
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 CNN Donates $1 Million to Encourage Minority Journalists
In celebration of its 25th anniversary at the beginning of June, CNN donated $1 million to three minority journalism organizations to establish scholarships for minority students pursuing journalism. The donation will be split evenly among the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Each organization will create a CNN25 Scholars Program with rigorous criteria for awarding the scholarships, including demonstrated journalistic excellence, consistent with the values of CNN, and a commitment to community involvement. CNN President Jim Walton made the presentation during the 2005 World Report Conference in Atlanta, an international forum hosted by CNN to encourage the exchange of ideas, methods and journalism techniques. CNN marked its 25th anniversary on June 1st. For more information, contact Christa Robinson at christa.robinson@cnn.com.
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 Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Do you want to become more involved in CTPAA by helping to plan FORUM 2006, the Beacon awards or other association programs? Then, sign up today for a CTPAA committee. The association is recruiting volunteers for the FORUM and Beacon Committees and the three Board Committees. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2006 to the industry. Beacon Committee volunteers will plan the complete 2006 Beacon Awards process from promotion of the deadlines to the judging process to the Beacon Awards Gala. The three Board Committees develop association programs and include Create a Favorable Environment for Business Growth, Provide Professional Development Resources and Recognition, and Strengthen CTPAA's Effectiveness.  To volunteer, click here.  For more information on FORUM or Board Committees, contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or at sjones@ctpaa.org. For information on the Beacon committee, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or at mbutler@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
Disney & ESPN Cable Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Benefactors
Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
AZN TELEVISION
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
Insight Communications
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 Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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