March 10, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
Attend Cable's Premiere Educational Event for Public Affairs
Enhance Your Media Relations Technique at FORUM 2006
Reserve a Table at the 2006 Beacon Award Ceremony
CTPAA & NCTA to Host Discussion on Public Affairs Networks at National Show
VH1 Save the Music Marks $4 Million in Donations for Music in Our Schools Month
Cable Companies Promote Reading Throughout March
Congratulations to Rob Stoddard!
Congratulations to Kathryn Falk!
SCTE Celebrates Engineering & Technology Awareness Month
Thank You Corporate Members!

 Attend Cable's Premiere Educational Event for Public Affairs
It is now time to finalize your plans for attending FORUM 2006. The conference begins on Sunday, March 19 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. FORUM 2006: "Cable at the Crossroads: Shaping Change in a Competitive World" features a strong lineup of top industry executives and unique breakout sessions that will provide the tools, insight and ideas necessary for the challenges faced by public affairs professionals.

FORUM's General Sessions will feature leading industry executives including John Bickham, president, cable & communications, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Landel Hobbs , COO, Time Warner Cable; Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO, NCTA; Abbe Raven, president & CEO, A&E Television Networks; Neil Smit, president & CEO, Charter Communications; and David Zaslav, president, NBC Universal Cable. These executives will share insight on the role of public affairs in the industry's evolving competitive, technological and regulatory environment.

Please view the complete program for changes that have been made, particularly for Tuesday, March 21.  The second half of Tuesday's General Session, following a policy presentation from McSlarrow, focuses on grassroots organizing. Sean Gagen of Grassroots Solutions will share insight on using grassroots programs to win policy victories and shape public opinion.

Tuesday's luncheon highlights outstanding public affairs programming with the presentation of CableWORLD and CTPAA's 3rd Annual Public Affairs Programming Award. It will also include a presentation from Pause Parent Play, a campaign designed to empower parents to choose what their families watch, hear and play - from TV and movie to video games and music. Pause Parent Play is managed by a coalition of corporations, entertainment companies and family groups, in consultation with U.S. Senate leaders.

Monday and Tuesday are filled with breakout sessions that provide valuable information on topics such as unlocking the keys to the changing franchising world and cable's response to the shifting competitive landscape. Attendees will have the opportunity to rub elbows with and learn from executives who increase the bottom line by utilizing public affairs and influence positive change in response to hot button issues. Visit the CTPAA Web site for more details on what FORUM has to offer. If you haven't registered yet, do so today. Fill out your registration form and fax it to CTPAA at 202-955-1134.
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 Enhance Your Media Relations Technique at FORUM 2006
CTPAA will offer a Master Course during FORUM 2006 titled "Media Training on Current Issues," taught by Margie Elsberg of Elsberg Associates. A 25-year veteran of the Washington press corp and a media trainer since 1990, Elsberg will give attendees insight on working proactively to build relationships with the media and developing and delivering strong, consistent messages. The interactive workshop will take place Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and will feature video taped interviews and critiques. Elsberg will offer tips on attendees' own media dilemmas and will utilize current industry issues including indecency, a la carte, must carry, new technologies and competition in order to demonstrate media tactics. To register for this course, please use the FORUM registration form. An additional fee of $165 is required. You do not have to be registered for FORUM to attend the Master Course. For more information, contact Kelly McGrew at
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 Reserve a Table at the 2006 Beacon Award Ceremony
CTPAA is offering reserved tables for the 2006 Beacon Award Ceremony on March 21, 2006, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. A reserved table for registered FORUM attendees is $1,500. For dinner guests only, a reserved table at the Beacons Ceremony is $3,000 and includes 10 tickets. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or
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 CTPAA & NCTA to Host Brunch Featuring State Public Affairs Networks at National Show
On Sunday, April 9, during the 2006 National Show in Atlanta, CTPAA members are invited to attend a brunch that will focus on state public affairs networks. The brunch will feature a panel discussion of leaders from the National Association of Public Affairs Networks (NAPAN), an organization dedicated to supporting the establishment and expansion of noncommercial networks in order to provide citizens with access to unbiased information about state government deliberations and public policy events. Panelists will relate the strengths of state public affairs networks and the issues involved with managing them.

The brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (tentative) in Room B-201 of the Georgia World Congress Center. CTPAA and NCTA have partnered to present this event in conjunction with The National Show, NCTA's 55th Annual Convention and International Exposition, April 9-11. CTPAA members do not need to be registered for the National Show to attend the brunch. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kelly McGrew at
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 VH1 Save the Music Marks $4 Million in Donations for Music in Our Schools Month
VH1 Save the Music Foundation is marking the culmination of this year's donation of more than $4 million in musical instruments during Music in Our Schools Month in March. The Foundation has partnered with Adelphia, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable to present 140 public schools in 28 communities with grants of new musical instruments during the 2005-2006 school year.

Throughout the month, Save the Music is joining local cable systems to celebrate The National Association for Music Education's Music in Our Schools Month by hosting in-school demonstrations where school officials and community members witness firsthand the positive impact that music has on their students. At many of the events, students perform for the guests and display what they've learned since they received their instruments at the beginning of the year. Nearly one event a day is being held throughout the month in locations across the country, from New York to Hawaii.

In a special response to Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation delivered more than $300,000 worth of instruments to schools in the heavily affected Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

This year's donations put the Foundation one step closer to reaching its goal of impacting one million students by the Foundation's 10th anniversary in 2007. For more information, contact Maura Wozniak with VH1 Save the Music Foundation at 212-846-7325.
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 Cable Companies Promote Reading Throughout March
March is celebrated as "reading month" across the country, due in part to the National Education Association's Read Across America Day on March 2. Held each year to celebrate the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss, Read Across America Day focuses the country's attention on how important it is to motivate children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills. Several cable companies have held events this month to celebrate the importance of reading.

Comcast in Richmond, Va., celebrated Read Across America Day with a series of reading events in schools around the Richmond area. The local system enlisted the help of state and local elected officials including Governor Tim Kaine and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling to visit schools and read to elementary and middle school students. Comcast also produced and has been airing PSAs that underscore the importance of reading throughout the month. For more information, contact Monica Callahan at

In Chicago, Comcast and World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) teamed up to produce the "Big Time Reading Challenge," a reading incentive program held as part of WWE's Get R.E.A.L. Read initiative. The cable companies partnered with Chicago Public Schools and the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Aimed at high school students, the program encourages them to read one book a week from the end of February to the end of March.

As part of the initiative, the students have the option to compete in an essay contest to win tickets to WrestleMania 22 at the Allstate Arena on April 2. The top two winners from each participating high school will compete on March 31 for 16 pairs of tickets in the finals of the Big Time Reading Challenge. The students will answer questions about a book by young adult author Chris Crutcher. In addition to the WrestleMania tickets, the top three finishers will receive a WWE gift package, and a donation of $2,000, $1,500 or $1,000 will be made to their school library. For more information, contact Gary Davis at
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 Congratulations to Rob Stoddard!
Rob Stoddard, senior vice president, communications and public affairs for NCTA, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the T. Howard Foundation at its annual fundraising dinner on April 17 in New York City. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors outstanding individuals for their efforts to foster diversity and is awarded to pioneering spirits who demonstrate inventiveness throughout their careers and inspire others in the multimedia and entertainment industry. Stoddard currently serves on the CTPAA Board as treasurer and is a past president of CTPAA. For more information on the fundraising dinner, visit
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 Congratulations to Kathryn Falk!
CTPAA member Kathryn Falk, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Communications Northern Virginia, has won the 2006 Vanguard Award for Young Leadership from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Inaugurated in 1965, the Vanguard Awards are presented annually to individuals who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit recognition of the entire cable industry. The Vanguard Awards will be presented on Monday, April 10, at an evening ceremony and reception during The 2006 National Show, NCTA's 55th Annual Convention and International Exposition.
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 SCTE Celebrates Engineering & Technology Awareness Month
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is celebrating Broadband Engineering & Technology Awareness Month in March. Created to highlight the engineering and technology profession across the cable telecommunications industry and to recognize the industry's hard-working technical workforce, the month will feature a national ad campaign and local recognition ceremonies hosted by cable companies and vendors. SCTE invites companies to shine a light on their employees through recognition ceremonies and will provide an electronic tool kit to create these events. For more information, visit SCTE's 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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