January 27, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Second Round of Beacon Awards Judging Completed
Support the Emma L. Bowen Foundation by Donating Silent Auction Items
FORUM 2006 Will Feature Capitol Hill Luncheon & Top Cable Executive Speakers
Save Our History Grants Awarded to 26 Historical Organizations
Sunflower Broadband Makes Donations to Kansas School Foundations
Comcast Partners With Radio Disney for African-American Hero Essay Contest
Contribute New Material to the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG)
CTAM Launches 23rd Annual Mark Awards Competition
Cable Positive Accepting Grant Applications for AIDS Outreach Efforts
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Second Round of Beacon Awards Judging Completed
On Thursday, Jan. 26, the second round of judging for the 2006 Beacon Awards took place at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association building in Washington, D.C. Nearly 50 CTPAA members representing cable operators, programmers and other industry organizations volunteered as final round judges. These members were senior public affairs executives from 16 different states, 21 different cable systems and 17 different programming networks.

The day commenced with a welcome from Steve Jones, CTPAA's executive director, who thanked the judges for volunteering their time to help select the best of the best in cable public affairs. Bev Wilhide, director, public affairs, Comcast, and co-chair of the 2006 Beacon Awards Committee, and Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable, led the group through a review of judging procedures and the scoring rubric.

The judges reviewed the 193 entries that advanced to the final round to determine which ones will be finalists and 2006 Beacon Award winners. All the entries that advanced to the final round scored 89 points or higher (out of 100) in the first round of judging held on Jan. 11 and 12. CTPAA will announce the finalists in early February and the winners during the 2006 Beacon Awards gala on March 21 at the conclusion of FORUM 2006.

Thank you to all 47 volunteers who participated as final round Beacon judges:

Lidia Agraz, Time Warner Cable
Jeff Alexander, Comcast
Portia Badham, BadWyn Communications
Peggy Ballard, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Daniel Ballister, Bright House Networks
Amanda Batson, ADB Partners Education on Demand
Andrea Bernstein, Oxygen Media
Jerilyn Bliss, Scripps Networks
Christine Bragan, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC
Janice Caluda, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Nancy Carr, Hallmark Channel
Keith Cocozza, Time Warner Cable
Sandra Colony, Insight Communications
Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Cablevision Systems Corporation
Paul Cothran, VH1 Save the Music
Anne Cowan, CTAM
Gary Davis, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Marty DeSollar, Cox Communications, Inc.
Brian Dietz, NCTA
Sol Doten, Fox Cable Networks
Kate Getzfread, Comcast
Jim Gordon, Comcast
Erin Harvego, Rainbow Sports Networks/fuse TV
Mallard Holliday, Cox Communications
Russell Howard, National Geographic Channel
Paul Jacobson, Adelphia Communications Corporation
Nancy Larkin, Fox Sports Net/New England
Kelli Lawson, BET
Michael Leone, Adelphia Communications Corporation
Peter Lyden III, Comcast
James Maiella, Jr., Cablevision Systems Corporation
Connie Malko, The Weather Channel
Cindy McConkey, Scripps Networks
Pamela McDonald, Time Warner Cable
Brad Phillips, Time Warner Cable
T. Ray Purser, Time Warner Cable - Houston
Todd Schoen, Fox Cable Networks
Misty Skedgell, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Thomas Southwick, Starz Entertainment Group
Kathleen Sullivan, Comcast
Anthony Surratt, Cox Communications, Inc.
Lee Tenebruso, Courtroom Television Network
Craig Watson, Charter Communications, Inc.
Teresa Wiedel, AZN TELEVISION/International Networks
Beverly Wilhide, Comcast
Brian Wirth, Time Warner Cable
Denise Young Farrell, Lifetime Television
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 Support the Emma L. Bowen Foundation by Donating Silent Auction Items
For more than a decade, the Silent Auction has been the highlight of FORUM's opening reception. This year's auction, to be held Sunday, March 19, 2006, will again benefit the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. The Foundation offers minority youth the support, education and skills needed to obtain jobs in the media industry. Last year's auction raised more than $13,000. Over the past seven years, CTPAA members have raised and contributed more than $85,000 to the Foundation through the auction.

CTPAA is currently accepting donations for the Silent Auction. To learn how your donation will benefit minority students, read this message from the Foundation's president. Popular items in the past have included iPods and MP3 players, HDTVs, gaming systems, jewelry, children's items, vacation packages, tickets to shows or sporting events, DVD sets, and dinner with cable executives or celebrities. Platinum level donations, valued at $1,000 and up, will be given special emphasis and will be featured at the front of the bid book.

To make a donation, please fill out the donation form and fax it to 202-955-1134 or mail it to CTPAA. Donation forms must be received by March 3, 2006, to guarantee listing in the bid book. Items may arrive separately on or before March 13, 2006, and should be mailed to CTPAA at 1724 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036. For more information, contact Kelly McGrew 202-775-1081 or services@ctpaa.org.
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 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 public affairs executives directly to policy makers. The luncheon will feature key congressional leaders who will provide their views on issues impacting the telecommunications industry. Programming is open Tuesday afternoon, March 21, to allow delegates to attend Hill appointments with Members of Congress.

FORUM 2006 will feature 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 is 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.

Top industry executives will offer their insight during this vital time for the industry. On Monday, March 20, the Opening General Session panel will feature 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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 Save Our History Grants Awarded to 26 Historical Organizations
The History Channel has awarded a total of $250,000 in grants to 26 historical organizations across the country through its 2006 Save Our History grants program. The grants will fund innovative, educational projects designed to bring communities together, actively engage children in the preservation of their local history, and communicate the importance of saving local history for future generations. Now in its second year, the grants program is an extension of the Save Our History initiative that also promotes history preservation through an annual awards program honoring organizations, teachers and students.

This year's grants support a wide variety of historical projects spanning 300 years of American history in 26 diverse communities. For example, one grant was awarded to the New Mexico Office of the State Historian and the Santa Fe Opera to work with an eighth grade class at Alameda Middle School on a student-produced opera about the Casa Solana neighborhood, the site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Students will conduct research at the New Mexico State Archives and will collect oral histories of community members.

In St. Martinville, La., a Save Our History grant will allow students at three local schools, Cecilia Junior High School, Paul Breaux Middle School and Catholic High School, to research Acadian culture. The students will work with the Acadian Memorial Foundation to gather information about Acadian settlers who were forced from their farms in Nova Scotia by the English in 1755. They will focus on the Acadian children and will use their research to develop stories about the lives of actual children listed on the "Wall of Names" at the Foundation.

Over the last two years, The History Channel has received requests for more than $8 million in funds from organizations representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, contact Jenna Farkas with The History Channel at jenna.farkas@aetn.com.
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 Sunflower Broadband Makes Donations to Kansas School Foundations
Sunflower Broadband recently donated more than $10,000 to school foundations in its Kansas service area as part of the Sunflower for Schools program. A donation of between $10 and $25 was made for each customer who subscribed to or upgraded their telephone service in November 2005. Donations were based on the telephone service package the customer chose and were routed to their local school district. Lawrence Schools received $6,140, Eudora Schools received $1,525, Basehor Linwood received $1,520 and Tonganoxie Schools received $885. Sunflower Broadband made current and potential customers aware of the opportunity through its Web site, newspaper ads, direct mail pieces, television commercials, and telemarketing. The company plans to make the promotion an annual event. For more information, contact Emily Mulligan at 785-312-6947 or emulligan@sunflowerbroadband.com.
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 Comcast Partners With Radio Disney for African-American Hero Essay Contest
Comcast of Richmond, Va., and Radio Disney are celebrating Black History Month with the Comcastic Disney Kidcaster African-American Hero Essay Contest for students in grades three through eight in Richmond area schools. Students may enter by submitting an essay of approximately 100 words or 30 seconds about their favorite African American hero, from the past or the present, famous or not famous. The essays are due Feb. 24 and will be judged by representatives from Comcast and Radio Disney. One winner from each of the three categories (grades 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th) will be named a Comcastic Disney Kidcaster. These students will have the opportunity to read their essay on Radio Disney's Kid's Concerns Radio program and on camera for a series of PSAs to be aired by Comcast at a later date. For more information, contact Monica Callahan at 804-915-5468 or monica_callahan@cable.comcast.com.
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 Contribute New Material to the Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG)
The Public Affairs Initiatives Guide (PAIG), introduced by NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department in the spring of 2001, is again being updated by NCTA and CTPAA in conjunction with CTPAA's FORUM 2006, March 19-22 in Washington, D.C. The partnership of NCTA and CTPAA extends the Guide's reach to virtually every public affairs professional in cable.

The goal of PAIG is to be a tool for those researching or seeking successful public affairs ideas and partnership opportunities that can be replicated in their own communities or by their own organizations. It is a full-scale, on-line searchable database with information about public affairs initiatives conducted by cable companies, systems and networks at both the national and local levels. The Guide can also serve as a useful demonstration of the cable industry's commitment to public affairs and the communities it serves.

Member input is needed to make the Guide as robust and current as possible. NCTA and CTPAA would like to include in the Guide descriptions of members' current public affairs initiatives, especially those that have run or were launched in the past year. To that end, a submission form is available for download from NCTA's website. Please use a separate form for each initiative (complete instructions and contact information are provided on the form). Then, either e-mail or fax the forms to NCTA Communications & Public Affairs. Completed forms should be returned no later than Friday, March 3. The updated Public Affairs Initiatives Guide will appear in time for FORUM 2006 in March.

NCTA and CTPAA appreciate members' help and look forward to offering this valuable resource tool to the industry. Please contact Allison Shelton in NCTA's Communications & Public Affairs Department with any questions, at 202-775-3629 or ashelton@ncta.com.
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 CTAM Launches 23rd Annual Mark Awards Competition
CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, in partnership with Multichannel News, has issued a Call for Entries for the 23rd Annual Mark Awards competition, with submission deadlines on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 (late entry deadline). The Mark Awards are the industry's most prestigious competition honoring consumer and trade marketing excellence.

Entries are welcome from all sectors of the business, including cable companies, program networks and trade suppliers. In addition to the traditional categories, CTAM introduced new categories to reflect the changing marketing trends of the cable industry and to advance the Mark Awards mandate of encouraging and recognizing extraordinary cable marketing, strategy, creative and results.

The winners will be announced at the Mark Awards Presentation and Reception on Monday, July 17, 2006, during The CTAM Summit in Boston. Online entry and further details can be found at www.markawards.com.
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 Cable Positive Accepting Grant Applications for AIDS Outreach Efforts
Cable Positive's Tony Cox Community Fund is accepting applications for grants to encourage community-based AIDS organizations and cable companies to partner on outreach efforts. Eligible local outreach projects include events for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and National HIV Testing Day (June 27), AIDS walks/runs, and other programs. Funding is also available for the production costs of HIV/AIDS related programming and PSA campaigns, and the purchase of airtime.

Grants are available for up to $5,000 to 501 (c) (3) organizations with special consideration given to AIDS service organization partnering with cable companies. The next deadline for submissions is March 10, 2006. To apply, visit Cable Positive's Web site to view the guidelines and an application form.

Established in 1996, the Tony Cox Community Fund has awarded more than $1.2 million to over 180 AIDS organizations in 37 states. For more information, contact Thomas Henning at 212-459-1606 or thenning@cablepositive.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, go to www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast
Cox Communications
Disney & ESPN Media 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
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
HBO
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
OLN
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific-Atlanta
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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