December 2, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Nominate a Colleague for the Public Affairs Achievement Award
Holiday Concert to Raise Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research
CTPAA Briefs Present Cable's View on Debate Over Indecency and A La Carte
Animal Planet Campaign Encourages Consumers to Be a Hero
Save $50 - Register for FORUM 2006 by December 31
MSNBC Partners with the USO to Help Troops Phone Home
Judge the 2006 Beacon Awards
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Nominate a Colleague for the Public Affairs Achievement Award
Is there a cable public affairs executive whom you have admired and believe should be recognized by the industry? If so, nominate him or her for the Public Affairs Achievement Award. 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 2005 winners were Rosa Gatti, ESPN, Inc. for media relations, Bonnie Hathaway, Time Warner Cable, for community relations and Ivan Johnson, Cox Communications, for government relations. The nomination deadline for the third annual Public Affairs Achievement Award is January 3, 2006.

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 Cable System, Cable Network, Industry Supplier, or Industry Nonprofit Organization
  • Individuals are eligible to receive the award once for each of the four categories.

The 2006 Public Affairs Achievement Awards will be presented during FORUM 2006, March 19-22, 2006, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. 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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 Holiday Concert to Raise Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Cablevision, Rainbow Media and Madison Square Garden are celebrating the holiday season and raising money for The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research by presenting the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash V. This annual event is the foundation's most important fundraiser and will take place Dec. 8 at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Entertainment for the evening will include the music of JD and The Straight Shot, led by Cablevision President & CEO Jim Dolan, as well as an appearance by the Radio City Rockettes.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation. Named after Cablevision's late vice chairman, Marc Lustgarten, the foundation is dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. For more information on the event, please call 516-803-2354.  For individual reservations or additional information on the foundation, please call 516-803-2304 or visit the Lustgarten Foundation Web site.
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 CTPAA Briefs Present Cable's View on Debate Over Indecency and A La Carte
This week the Senate Commerce Committee held an "Open Forum on Decency" that focused on a number of issues with potential impact on the cable industry. Two topics, "A la Carte" and "Indecency" in television content, were a constant theme during the forum. CTPAA has published "Briefs" that outline the cable industry's positions on both subjects. The publications are written in a format that is extremely easy for anyone to understand. They may be downloaded from the CTPAA Web site.  Please feel free to circulate them within your company as well as to opinion leaders, friends and others interested in learning more about the cable industry's point of view on these important issues. For more information, contact Steve Jones at
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 Animal Planet Campaign Encourages Consumers to Be a Hero
Animal Planet will kick off the second year of its "Be A Hero" campaign in January and will add new components to encourage viewers to take an active role in the welfare of animals in their communities. Animal Planet will reach out to cable system affiliates to partner on two initiatives, one to drive local ad sales and one to promote broadband services. The local ad sales tool will include spots and in-store signage encouraging consumers to "be a hero" by patronizing local sponsors that participate in the campaign. For each purchase made as a result of the promotion, Animal Planet will make a donation to a local animal welfare organization or shelter, and the customer will receive an Animal Planet gift. Similarly, a special automotive campaign will ask viewers to be a hero by taking a test drive at participating car dealers to support animal organizations.

Secondly, Animal Planet will help affiliates promote their broadband services by offering an electronic "Animal Planet Healthy Pet Guide," featuring tips on pet care and safety, that cable systems can offer to their high-speed Internet subscribers. The brochure will cover topics such as protecting the long-term health of your pet and administering first aid during an emergency. Other Web resources will include videos, games and a local pet finder. The "Be A Hero" Web site will be linked to participating cable systems' sites, and systems can use the campaign to promote the benefits of their broadband services, such as quick and easy navigating and downloading. For more information, contact Amelia Zimmern at
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 Save $50 - Register for FORUM 2006 by December 31
Register for FORUM 2006 by December 31, 2005, and save $50 on the advance registration rate of $650 and save $150 from the final registration (after March 3, 2006) rate of $750. The theme for FORUM 2006 is "Cable at the Crossroads: Shaping Change in a Competitive World," and it will be held March 19-22, 2006, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The JW Marriott was also the host hotel for FORUM in 2001.

FORUM 2006 co-chairs are Bret Perkins, vice president of government affairs, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. and Craig Watson, vice president of communications, Charter Communications Western Division. Visit the FORUM page of the CTPAA Web site for information about conference registration, hotel reservations, and sponsorship opportunities.
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 MSNBC Partners with the USO to Help Troops Phone Home
MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" has joined the United Service Organizations (USO) to bring deployed service men and women a little closer to home this holiday season by supplying them with international telephone calling cards. Beginning Nov. 28 and running through the holidays, MSNBC will support the USO's Operation Phone Home campaign that delivers calling cards to U.S. troops serving in Southwest Asia and the Persian Gulf region. On his nightly program that airs Monday through Friday at 10 p.m., Joe Scarborough will encourage viewers to make donations to fund the cards and will keep them up-to-date on the campaign progress.

The USO has distributed more than 1 million calling cards since Operation Phone Home began in April 2003. This service is even more vital during the holiday season to boost morale by connecting troops with their loved ones. For more information, visit
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 Judge the 2006 Beacon Awards
CTPAA invites its members to choose the best of the best cable public affairs initiatives of the past year by being a 2006 Beacon Awards judge. To volunteer, complete the Beacon judge form and send it to CTPAA. As a Beacon judge, CTPAA members will learn what cable public affairs professionals across the country are accomplishing and will walk away from the experience with dozens of new ideas. The first round of Beacon judging will be all day January 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C., with a welcome reception hosted by NCTA on the evening of January 10. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a 2006 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to

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

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gemstar-TV Guide
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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