April 7, 2006 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2006 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
CTPAA & NCTA Will Host Brunch at National Show on State Public Affairs Networks
Visit CTPAA's Booth at the National Show
FORUM 2006 Videos Posted Online
Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Share Your Thoughts on FORUM 2006
Court TV Hosts Panel Discussion on Federal Election Reform at Carter Center
Lifetime Rallies in Washington to Stop Violence Against Women
Cox Provides Endowment to Cable Center to Develop Customer Care Leaders
Comcast Helps Find Homes for Animals in D.C. Area Shelters
Congratulations to Kelli Lawson!
Thank You Corporate Members!

 CTPAA & NCTA Will Host Brunch at National Show on State Public Affairs Networks
At the 2006 National Show, CTPAA members are invited to attend a brunch on Sunday, April 9, that is sponsored by CTPAA and NCTA and 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 include Patrick Keating, general manager of WFSU, The Florida Channel; Tom Posey, general manager of The South Carolina Channel; Dan Shellenbarger, executive director of OGTV, The Ohio Channel; William Trevarthen, executive director of Michigan Government Television; and Cindy Zehnder, president of TVW in Washington.  Paul Giguere, president and CEO of CT-N Connecticut Network will moderate the session.

State public affairs networks are one of the great unsung successes of the cable and television industries. These independent networks do for state government and public policy what C-SPAN has done for Congress and the federal government, making the process of governing visible and accessible to all. Representatives from NAPAN will relate how many states have used "the C-SPAN model" – or something close to it – to build thriving state public affairs networks.

The brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B-201 of the Georgia World Congress Center. CTPAA and NCTA have partnered to present this event in conjunction with 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 services@ctpaa.org.
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 Visit CTPAA's Booth at the National Show
CTPAA encourages National Show attendees to visit the Cable Cares! booth (#137) where CTPAA, Cable in the Classroom, Cable Positive, NAMIC, SCTE and WICT will showcase new benefits, programs, and events. Stop by to find out more about the 3rd Annual CTPAA Public Affairs Institute coming up this fall.
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 FORUM 2006 Videos Posted Online
CTPAA has posted two videos from FORUM 2006 on the CTPAA Web site, and will continue to add videos in the coming weeks. Visit the Web site to watch excerpts from the FORUM 2006 Opening General Session panel featuring John Bickham, president, cable & communications, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Landel Hobbs , COO, Time Warner Cable; Abbe Raven, president & CEO, A&E Television Networks; Neil Smit, president & CEO, Charter Communications; and David Zaslav, president, NBC Universal Cable. Visit the FORUM 2006 page to view clips from the 3rd Annual Public Affairs Achievement Awards presentation. Downloadable audio files from the general sessions will be added soon.
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 Help Plan CTPAA Programs by Joining a Committee
Do you want to become more involved in CTPAA by helping to plan FORUM 2007, the Beacon Awards™ or other association programs? Then sign up today for a CTPAA committee. The association is recruiting volunteers for the FORUM and Beacon Committees and the three Board Committees. FORUM Committee Members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2007 to the industry. Beacon Committee volunteers will plan the complete 2007 Beacon Awards process from promotion of the deadlines to the judging process to the Beacon Awards Gala. The three Board Committees develop association programs and include Create a Favorable Environment for Business Growth, Provide Professional Development Resources and Recognition, and Showcase the Role and Value of Industry Public Affairs. Please visit the CTPAA Web site to sign up or for more information.  For more information on FORUM or Board Committees, contact Steve Jones at 202-775-1083 or at sjones@ctpaa.org. For more information on the Beacon committee, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or at mbutler@ctpaa.org. 
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 Share Your Thoughts on FORUM 2006
If you attended FORUM, you should have received an evaluation and feedback survey covering all aspects of the conference. Please return this survey to CTPAA by Friday, April 14, 2006, via email to services@ctpaa.org or fax to 202-955-1134. Your opinions are very important to CTPAA and the FORUM 2007 Committee will use your input in the planning process for next year's meeting. If you have not received a survey, or if you need an additional form, contact Kelly McGrew at 202-775-1081 or services@ctpaa.org. CTPAA also encourages members to contact Steve Jones directly at 202-775-1083 or sjones@ctpaa.org with ideas for FORUM 2007. 
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 Court TV Hosts Panel Discussion on Federal Election Reform at Carter Center
Court TV and NPR joined former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, co-chairs of the Baker-Carter Commission on Federal Election Reform, to host a panel discussion titled "Building Confidence in U.S. Elections." The event was held at The Carter Center in Atlanta and focused on the Commission's recommendations for federal election reform that were presented to Congress in September 2005. The Commission is an ongoing project organized by American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management.

Joining Carter for the panel in Atlanta were the Commission's Executive Director, Robert Pastor; former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Commission member, Kay Coles James; Representative Jim Marshall (D-Ga.); and former Georgia Senator Max Cleland (D). Baker presented his views via a recorded interview with NPR host Michel Martin. Court TV anchor Catherine Crier hosted the event with Martin and moderated the panel discussion.

Panel participants debated methods for building trust and confidence in election procedures and discussed the Commission's 87 recommendations, including the controversial photo ID requirements and receipts for electronic voting machines. This is the first public forum held about the Commission's report to Congress, and representatives from the Commission defended the benefits of suggested reforms.

Court TV plans to air the event on the network in October, and NPR will air parts of it on its "Justice Talking" program. This event marks one of many featuring nationally-recognized leaders planned for 2006 as part of Court TV's In Pursuit of Justice initiative. This campaign sparks lively, informed discussions on the U.S. justice system through provocative programming and educational resources. The goal of the initiative is to inspire individuals and provide them with the tools to take action about policies and practices that impact their lives. For more information, contact Scoot MacPherson at macphersons@courttv.com.
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 Lifetime Rallies in Washington to Stop Violence Against Women
This week Lifetime Television rallied activists working to end all forms of violence against women to bring their cause to lawmakers in Washington, D.C., for the network's 5th Annual Stop Violence Against Women Week. Lifetime hosted a series of events on Capitol Hill such as a screening of a new film that addresses how violence affects women everywhere.

Throughout the week, Lifetime's nonprofit partners, such as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Darkness to Light, and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), held briefings and meetings with Members of Congress to promote legislation and programs that work towards ending violence against women. For example, one briefing was held by The Allstate Foundation, the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Lifetime and highlighted the economic issues facing survivors of domestic violence and innovative programming across the country to build financial empowerment.

Another event included a panel discussion titled "Recovery from Trauma: The Hope of the New Sexual Assault Services Program and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2005." This discussion focused on the merits of the new Sexual Assault Service Program, the first federal program that provides direct and dedicated funds to rape crisis centers. The panel was comprised of national and local experts on sexual assault recovery, policy makers including Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), and Ted Poe (R-Texas); actress and sexual assault survivor Gabrielle Union; and Regina B. Schofield, assistant attorney general, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition, Lifetime presented an advance screening of a documentary, "Searching for Angela Shelton," that tells of filmmaker Angela Shelton's quest to meet other women that share her name and the surprising results. After journeying across the U.S. to interview other Angela Sheltons, the filmmaker found that 70 percent had been victims of rape, childhood sexual assault or domestic violence. This led Shelton to confront the abuse in her own past. Specials guests who attended to support the film included the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, Representatives Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) and Hilda L. Solis (D-Calif.); Marybeth Carter, president of NAESV; and Rita Smith, executive director, NCADV. "Searching for Angela Shelton" will air on Lifetime on April 22nd.

Violence against women is seen as a key election issue, according to a recent poll conducted for Lifetime by Roper. Nearly all women interviewed (97%) feel that the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault is important and will impact who they vote for in the 2006 mid-term elections. Nearly eight out of ten women and men interviewed said that preventing violence against women was of equal or greater importance than likely top election issues including homeland security, jobs, the economy, the war in Iraq and the environment. The poll also found that Americans are beginning to take action to stop the violence. Three in four parents say they have talked with their children about why violence against women is wrong. Eighty seven percent of those who knew someone who was being abused said they intervened in some way to help victims.

Stop Violence Against Women Week is part of Lifetime's ongoing pro-social campaign to end all forms of violence against women. The network and its partners have already been instrumental in the passage of five pieces of legislation that work to stop violence and support victims. For more information, contact Geralyn Lucas at lucas@lifetimetv.com.
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 Cox Provides Endowment to Cable Center to Develop Customer Care Leaders
Cox Communications and the James M. Cox Foundation have provided The Cable Center, a global resource of information, training and education programs for and about the cable industry, with a $2 million endowment to create a graduate-level education program to develop future leaders in customer service. The Cox Customer Experience Initiative will focus on the study and teaching of customer care applicable to all industries.

The Cable Center is developing the initiative in partnership with the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business to build curriculum that will comprise a customer care concentration in the MBA program at the university. In addition, The Cable Center will develop a customer care-related collection of books, dissertations, white papers and other documents for its Barco Library to supplement research and curriculum development. The first class in the curriculum will begin in fall of 2006. Cox Communications, long-ranked as cable's top provider of customer service by J.D. Power and Associates, provided this endowment to The Cable Center to develop a better-trained workforce able to create more customer-focused businesses. For more information, contact The Cable Center at 303-871-4885.
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 Comcast Helps Find Homes for Animals in D.C. Area Shelters
Comcast of the Washington, D.C., area has partnered with the Washington Humane Society to help find homes for animals in D.C. area shelters. Comcast has created Adopt-A-Pet On Demand, a service that allows digital cable subscribers throughout the District and surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia to view profiles and pictures of dogs and cats in need of homes. The On Demand technology allows viewers to access the pet information on their own time simply by using their television remote. Pet profiles are available in the "Our Town" section of Comcast's On Demand library and include Web site addresses and hotline numbers for the shelters so that viewers can contact them directly when they decide to adopt.

Comcast will further promote the Washington Humane Society through a donation of nearly $100,000 in production resources and airtime to create PSAs encouraging viewers to adopt pets. In addition, Comcast will produce a series of 5-minute reports about the organization to air on "CNN Headline News Comcast Local Edition." For more information, contact Lisa Altman at lisa_altman@cable.comcast.com.
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 Congratulations to Kelli Lawson!
Congratulations to CTPAA member Kelli Lawson, executive vice president, corporate marketing, BET, who will be honored by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) as a Next Generation Leader. The Next Generation Leader Awards honor up-and-coming business leaders age 40 and under who have demonstrated managerial practices and ideologies that reflect NAMIC's mission to educate, advocate and empower to achieve multi-ethnic diversity. Lawson and her fellow honorees will be recognized at NAMIC's annual awards breakfast on April 11th during the NCTA National Show. For more information, visit NAMIC'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 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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