January 13, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
FORUM 2006 Will Feature Capitol Hill Luncheon & Top Cable Executive Speakers
First Round Judging of Beacon Awards Completed
Deadline Extended to Jan. 17 - Public Affairs Achievement Award Nominations
MTV's Staying Alive Foundation Awards Youth Grants to Combat HIV/AIDS
Lifetime's Advocacy Efforts Lead to Passage of Anti-Trafficking Law
BET Launches Third Annual Healthy BET Fitness Challenge
NCTA Requests Nominations for Vanguard Awards
Cable in the Classroom Seeks Nominations for Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards
Thank You Corporate Members!

 FORUM 2006 Will Feature Capitol Hill Luncheon & Top Cable Executive Speakers
New to FORUM this year, CTPAA will hold a luncheon on Capitol Hill to bring individuals attending the conference directly to policymakers. The luncheon will feature key congressional leaders and their views on issues impacting the telecommunications industry. Following the luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, March 21, the FORUM agenda is open to allow time for Hill appointments with individual Members. The Hill luncheon during FORUM is in response to the current political climate as well as anticipated changes in the industry's regulatory environment.

FORUM 2006 will address these changes with educational sessions focusing on the conference theme, "Cable at the Crossroads: Shaping Change in a Competitive World." The conference will take place March 19-22 at the JW Marriott and will feature sessions specifically tailored to the needs of cable public affairs professionals. Sessions will address current marketplace dynamics, emerging technology, competition and the evolving regulatory environment and the role of the public affairs executive within this mix.

Several top executives will offer their insight during this vital time for the industry. On Monday, March 20, the Opening General Session panel will feature five senior executives: John Bickham, president, cable & communications, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Landel Hobbs, COO, Time Warner Cable; Neil Smit, CEO, Charter Communications; Abbe Raven, president & CEO, A&E Television Networks and David Zaslav, president, NBC Universal Cable. The moderator for this session is David Faber, anchor/reporter for CNBC.

Tuesday's general session on March 21, will focus on policy and will include an address from Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, who will reflect on his first year at the helm of NCTA and the challenges for the industry in 2006 and beyond. The moderator for this session is Ed Henry, CNN Washington correspondent.

Don't miss this opportunity to bring your issues to decision makers and to learn valuable tips, ideas and insights to take home. To view the preliminary conference program and to register, please visit the FORUM page of the CTPAA Web site.  Register by March 3, 2006, and save $100 off the registration rate.
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 First Round Judging of Beacon Awards Completed
CTPAA members from across the nation converged at the NCTA building in Washington, D.C., January 11 and 12 to volunteer as first round judges for the 2006 Beacon Awards. Nearly 50 public affairs professionals from 17 different states representing 27 different cable systems and 11 programming networks participated.

Wednesday morning Steve Jones, CTPAA's executive director and Rob Stoddard, NCTA's senior vice president, communications & public affairs, welcomed the group and thanked them for volunteering their time over the next two days to review 456 Beacon entries. Bev Wilhide, director, public affairs, Comcast, and co-chair of the 2006 Beacon Awards Committee, then led the group through an in-depth review of judging procedures. Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable joined her to introduce the scoring rubric. Tuesday evening NCTA hosted a reception for all Beacon judges at the nearby Childe Harold.

The final round of Beacon judging will be on Thursday, January 26. Approximately 40 senior public affairs professionals will review the entries that advance to the final round. They will determine which entries will be finalists and the 2006 Beacon winners. CTPAA will announce the finalists in February and the winners during the 2006 Beacon Awards gala on March 21 at the conclusion of FORUM 2006.

Thanks to all 49 volunteers who participated as first round Beacon judges earlier this week:

Lisa Alston, Courtroom Television Network
Portia E. Badham, BadWyn Communications
Michelle Baran, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Katy Barrett, Comcast
Karen Ann Benson, Cox Communications
Donelle Blubaugh, Topics Education
Kevin Broadhurst, Comcast
Jamie Brooks, Time Warner Cable
Dan Calhoun, Comcast
Nancy Carey, Bright House Networks
Eric Collins, Time Warner Cable
Diana Cronan, CTAM
Todd Eachus, Comcast
Elizabeth Ferrier, Cablevision Systems Corporation
Joe Gabaldon, Cox Communications
Marlyn Garcia, Comcast
Dianne Gilbert, Comcast
Juliet Gilliam, ESPN, Inc.
Kimberly Gilmore, A&E Television Networks/The History Channel
Lori Hansen, Time Warner Cable
Jennifer Highfield, Comcast Tri-State System
Rachel Jones, Comcast
Andrea Katsenes, Cox Communications
Vanthan Khel, NBC Universal Cable
Reinaldo Llano, Bright House Networks
Sonya Lockett, BET
Frank Lynch, Comcast
Patrick MacElroy, Comcast
Lara Mahaney, Walt Disney Company
Pamela Marino, Cox Communications
Debra Marton, Comcast
Arthur E. Perham V, FSN New England
Sara Roen Brady, Bright House Networks Central Florida Division
Mead Rust, A&E Television Networks/The History Channel
Casey Schick, Fox Cable Networks
Mike Smith, Comcast Tri-State System
Helen Soulé, Cable in the Classroom
Christine E. St. Jean, Comcast
Andrea Ste. Marie, Disney & ESPN Networks
C. Elizabeth Sterner, Comcast
Jud Stewart, Armstrong
Sara Stutzenstein, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Allyson M. Taylor, Starz Entertainment Group
Rachel Vallieres, Cable in the Classroom
Jason Whittet, Comcast
Beverly Wilhide, Comcast
Summer Wilkie, Oxygen Media
Brian B. Wirth, Time Warner Cable
Stacy Zaja, Time Warner Cable/Milwaukee Division
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 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 January 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, D.C. 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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 MTV's Staying Alive Foundation Awards Youth Grants to Combat HIV/AIDS
In order to empower youth to help combat HIV and AIDS, MTV Networks International's grant making and advocacy organization, The Staying Alive Foundation, has awarded its first series of grants. The Staying Alive Awards were presented to 25 young people and four youth-focused health organizations in Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, and Latin America. A total of $33,500 was awarded thanks to a contribution from the MAC AIDS Fund, a fundraising arm of MAC Cosmetics.

All of the individual award recipients are between the ages of 12 and 24 and are engaged in grassroots HIV and AIDS prevention efforts. They volunteer at free testing and counseling sites, use the arts to teach prevention, lead community discussions, design informational Web sites, and start prevention clubs. For a detailed list of winners visit the Staying Alive Web site.  

Four youth-based organizations in Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Mexico also received grants. In Tanzania, the African Regional Youth Initiative will use its grant to provide education to children in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia whose lives have been transformed as a result of their parents' deaths from HIV or AIDS. In Vietnam, the Youth Counseling Centre on Love, Marriage and Family received a grant for its counseling services on sexual and reproductive health issues for young people. Mexico's Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute will use its grant to empower young men and women to be active leaders on sexual health in different social, political and institutional sectors. In Uganda, The Student Partnership Worldwide's Health Education Program received a grant to recruit, train and support peer educators.

Staying Alive is a global campaign formed in 1998 by a partnership between MTV Networks International, Family Health International's YouthNet, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Nations and several other international organizations. The Foundation was created in 2005 to encourage young people to take concrete action to protect themselves and their community against the threats posed by the spread of HIV and AIDS and to combat discrimination against people living with these conditions. For more information, contact Kristi Gorman at kristi.gorman@mtvn.com or 212-846-6261.
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 Lifetime's Advocacy Efforts Lead to Passage of Anti-Trafficking Law
Lifetime Television is celebrating its fifth legislative victory for the Stop Violence Against Women campaign with the signing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) by President Bush this month. This legislation will strengthen the capacity of law enforcement to combat human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, and to provide rehabilitation services to victims.

In April, Lifetime joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Deborah Pryce (R-OH) to introduce the End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act, later added to the TVPRA that was sponsored by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ). Then in the months leading up to the TVPRA's passage, Lifetime worked to educate viewers about the growing problem of trafficking and what they could do to help. The network collected and delivered thousands of signatures from an online petition urging Congress to pass the bill. Lifetime also aired a series of original PSAs and sent blast emails to ask viewers to call their representatives. In an extensive grassroots effort, Lifetime distributed a viewers' guide to its original miniseries "Human Trafficking" and hosted screenings in Washington, D.C., and New York, college campus events, and house parties. For more on the Human Trafficking campaign, see the Oct. 21, 2005, issue of CPR Facts.

In addition to Lifetime's partners in the Congress, the network also worked closely with a multitude of nonprofit organizations working to stop trafficking and other violence against women. The Stop Violence Against Women campaign has already been instrumental in four other pieces of legislation: Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act of 2004, Video Voyeurism Protection Act of 2004, the Violence Against Women Act 2005, and the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act. For more information, contact Geralyn Lucas at lucas@lifetimetv.com.
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 BET Launches Third Annual Healthy BET Fitness Challenge
For the third year, the BET Foundation and BET Networks will host the annual A Healthy BET Fitness Challenge, a national weight-loss and fitness competition that motivates individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The challenge is one of several health-focused components of the BET Foundation's campaigns to help African-Americans live longer and healthier lives.

Registration is open now through Feb. 6, 2006, on the Healthy BET Web page. Participants compete in pairs and must submit a 150-word essay and team photo. On Feb. 13 four teams (eight finalists) will be chosen to compete in the fitness challenge phase of the campaign. They will travel to Canyon Ranch, a health and wellness resort in Tucson, Ariz., where they will start their challenge with a six-day Life Enhancement Program that includes personal fitness and medical evaluations and nutrition counseling.

A Healthy BET spokesperson and fitness expert Jeanette Jenkins will advise the teams and help them identify and meet their goals. When the challenge concludes on June 5, 2006, teams that meet their collective fitness goals will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2006 BET Awards in Los Angeles where they will get a makeover and have the opportunity to walk on the red carpet. Throughout the challenge, visitors to BET.com can monitor the teams' progress, gain access to interactive health-focused content and participate in online chats with Jenkins.

BET is also launching an Employee Fitness Challenge to encourage employees of the cable network to get fit and shed extra pounds. The employee challenge runs until April 3, and the winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Canyon Ranch. For more information, contact Lyntina Townsend at 202-608-2745 or lyntina.townsend@bet.net.
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 NCTA Requests Nominations for Vanguard Awards
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is requesting nominations for the 2006 Vanguard Awards, presented annually to individuals who excel in business and personal commitment to excellence, and whose accomplishments merit recognition by the entire cable industry. The Vanguard Awards will be presented during the 2006 National Show, April 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta. Nominations are due to NCTA on or before Friday, Feb. 10. Nomination forms are available on the National Show Web site. Winners are selected by an Awards Committee composed of several members of the NCTA Board of Directors as well as former award winners. For more information, contact NCTA's Department of Industry Affairs at 202-775-3669.
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 Cable in the Classroom Seeks Nominations for Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards
Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31 for the 2006 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards, an annual awards program held by Cable in the Classroom (CIC) to recognize administrators, educators, community leaders and policymakers who demonstrate vision, innovation, action and transformation in education. The awards program works to ensure that federal, state and local policymakers are aware of the cable industry's long-term commitment to education and community.

Twelve winners will be chosen to travel with their local cable system representatives to the Awards Gala on June 13 in Washington, D.C. In addition to being honored at the Gala, winners will meet with their Members of Congress and other key officials.

Criteria for the 2006 awards have been tweaked significantly to focus more on cable related education work.  Cable systems and networks can join with organizations they have partnered with on education initiatives to submit applications. In addition, they can encourage other community groups or leaders doing significant education work to look into this award opportunity. For application information visit the Leaders in Learning Web site.

In an effort to drive nominations, CIC will provide MSOs and cable networks with content and graphics for their internal Web sites. For more information, please contact Rachel Vallieres at rvallieres@ciconline.org.  
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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 sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, visit the CTPAA Web site.

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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