December 30, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Deadline Extended to Jan. 17 - Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations
FORUM 2006 - Register by Year End and Save $50 Off Registration
The Weather Channel, Cablevision Present Educational Unit on Water Quality
Discovery Health Channel Challenges Families to Lose Weight Together
Cable Hope Fund Donates More Than $700,000 to Rebuilding Efforts
CTPAA Members Named to CableFAX 100 List
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Deadline Extended to Jan. 17 - Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations
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 Jan. 17, 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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 FORUM 2006 - Register by Year End and Save $50 Off Registration
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 program outline is now available online and may be reviewed by going to the CTPAA FORUM page. 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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 The Weather Channel, Cablevision Present Educational Unit on Water Quality
The Weather Channel and Cablevision's Power to Learn initiative have partnered to present an educational resource to teach middle and high school students about water quality and flood safety. Watershed Worries: Protecting the Quality of Our Water was designed for The Weather Channel and Power to Learn by Topics Education. It was created for students in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York and uses the power of broadband to provide teachers with resources to teach this important topic.

Features include "Before the Flood," a self-guided, interactive puzzle challenging students to piece together events surrounding a flood while simultaneously exploring important issues of water quality and flood safety. Another section, "After the Storm," uses programming highlights from The Weather Channel with three case studies where polluted runoff threatens highly valued watersheds, in Santa Monica Bay, the Mississippi River Bason/Gulf of Mexico, and New York City. These case studies demonstrate the connection between weather and watersheds. An "Ask the Expert" feature connects students with officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Weather Channel for supplemental information.

One additional component of Watershed Worries is a PSA contest hosted by The Weather Channel and Power to Learn. Students in grades 5 through 12 who live or go to school in the Cablevision viewing area are eligible to enter by creating and submitting a multimedia PSA that promotes awareness of water quality issues and reinforces what people can do to protect and improve water quality. The PSAs can include digital pictures, Power Point slides, HTML pages, Flash or other interactive programs, audio and video. Prizes will be awarded in each grade level and the winning individuals or teams will earn cash prizes of up to $500. The sponsoring teacher or adult advisor will be awarded a digital camera and a gift certificate for up to $500. The contest deadline is Jan. 31, 2006. For more information, visit the Power to Learn Web site.
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 Discovery Health Channel Challenges Families to Lose Weight Together
Focusing on families and encouraging them to slim down together, Discovery Health Channel's National Body Challenge will return in 2006 for the third year. The National Body Challenge is a free, eight-week, multifaceted, fitness and weight-loss challenge that provides participants with tools and information they need to get fit, adopt a healthier lifestyle and shed extra pounds. In its first two years, more than 700,000 people participated and lost nearly 300 tons.

This year's focus on improved health and weight loss for the entire family stems from the rising adult and childhood obesity epidemic. Participants are given access to online health and fitness information, customizable diets and exercise tools and a free eight-week trial membership at Bally Total Fitness. Registered families are provided with shared activities to achieve their weight loss goals. The National Body Challenge was developed with the help of Discovery Health chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness Pamela Peeke, M.D., and medical advisor Lydie Hazan, M.D. in partnership with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Online registration is currently open on Discovery Health Channel's Web site and residents of Chicago, New York, Houston, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles can also register and weigh in on Jan. 14 and 15 at mall events hosted at Discovery Channel stores. Discovery Health Channel will air "National Body Challenge: The Family Challenge" on Jan. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. This two-night program will explore obesity in American and will follow the physical and emotional journey of four Los Angeles area families as they work together to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals. For more information, contact Shannon Martin at
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 Cable Hope Fund Donates More Than $700,000 to Rebuilding Efforts
More than $700,000 collected from U.S. cable industry companies and individuals has been donated to community rebuilding organizations and cable operator employee relief programs in the Gulf Coast region through the Cable Hope Fund. The funds are being used to rebuild houses and infrastructure and to provide direct assistance to individuals and families who are rebuilding their lives in the wake of this fall's hurricane season.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) manages the fund that was established in September to provide an industry-wide response. Five grants have been awarded to a diverse group of rebuilding organizations committed to long-term revitalization. Habitat for Humanity was awarded $200,000 for rebuilding homes. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America received $75,000 to rebuild community-based clubs that were damaged or destroyed. Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian relief organization, will use its $75,000 grant to provide necessary supplies to hurricane-affected areas. Oxfam America, an international development and relief agency received $75,000 to fund recovery services including home repair and clean-up kits that ensure the health of families returning to damaged homes. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal association representing state directors of education and technology was awarded $75,000 to provide mobile technology labs to area schools. SETDA has been coordinating delivery of the labs with the cable industry's education foundation, Cable in the Classroom.

In addition, $210,000 was contributed to employee relief funds of three Gulf Coast cable operators hit hard by the hurricanes: Cox Communications, Cable ONE, and Mediacom. These funds provide direct support to employees in need of housing assistance, household goods, transportation and other items.

The recently awarded donations reflect the total monies collected so far by the Cable Hope Fund. NCTA will continue to maintain the fund's organization and corporate and individual donations will still be accepted. For more information or to donate, visit or contact David Pierce, executive director of the Cable Hope Fund and senior director of public affairs at NCTA at 202-775-3629 or
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 CTPAA Members Named to CableFAX 100 List
Congratulations to CTPAA members who made the CableFAX 100 list of the most influential people in the cable industry! They are:

  • Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable
  • Bruce Collins, corporate vice president & general counsel, C-SPAN Networks
  • Brian Dietz, vice president, communications, NCTA
  • Ellen East, vice president, communications and public affairs, Cox Communications
  • Paul FitzPatrick, executive vice president & COO, Crown Media Holdings
  • Gregg Hill, president, Rainbow Network Sales
  • Sommer Hixson, director, public relations, MagRack and sportskool
  • Robert Miron, chairman & CEO, Advance/Newhouse Communications
  • Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, president & CEO, Women in Cable & Telecommunications
  • Matthew Polka, president & CEO, American Cable Association
  • Jeannine Sommer, senior vice president, search management, Carlsen Resources
  • Susan Swain, co-COO & executive vice president, C-SPAN Networks
  • Steve Villano, president & CEO, Cable Positive
  • Debora Wilson, president, The Weather Channel Companies
  • Lynn Yaeger, executive vice president, corporate affairs, Time Warner Cable

Steve Jones, executive director of CTPAA was also named on the list. In addition, congratulations to the many other members who were named to the "Also Influential" list for their contributions to the industry. For more information and to view the complete list, visit the CableFAX Web site.
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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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