Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

December 28, 2007- About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

 Last Chance to Save $50 on FORUM 2008 Registration

The Super Saver registration deadline for FORUM 2008 is almost here! In order to receive the $50 discount, registration forms must be received by December 31. After this date and until March 14, 2008, the registration fee for FORUM will be $700.  Beginning on March 15, 2008, the registration fee is $800.

The theme of FORUM 2008 is "ACCess the Power: Connect. Communicate. Transform." The conference will be held March 30-April 2, 2008, at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit If you have any questions regarding registration for FORUM 2008, please call 202-222-2370 or email
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 Get Ready for Digital TV

Launched earlier this fall, the National Cable & Telecommunication Association's (NCTA) Get Ready for Digital TV is the cable industry's campaign to ensure an easy digital transition for its customers. To ensure a smooth transition when broadcast television stations switch from analog to digital on February 17, 2009, the Get Ready for Digital TV campaign has focused its efforts on three key parts, they are:

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish, airing on broadcast stations, cable networks and cable systems, for a combined value of $200 million; an educational website for consumers, in both English and Spanish; and customer communication template materials for cable systems, such as invoice messaging; brochures for use as "bill stuffers" or for distribution at community events; email and on-hold messages; and, resources to help companies educate their customers about the transition.

The full suite of current PSAs will be made available via satellite uplink on January 3 & 10, 2008. This suite includes one PSA previously made available and two new generic PSAs, one in English and one in Spanish.

Dates:             Thursday, January 3
                      Thursday, January 10

Time:              14:30-15:30 ET

Satellite Feed:  Galaxy 26 (formerly known as IA-6/ Telstar 6)
                      Orbital Position: 93 WL
                      Transponder: 17 (C-Band)
                      Uplink Frequency: 6265 (Horizontal)
                      Downlink Frequency: Vertical
                      Bandwidth: 36 MHZ

If you have any questions about Get Ready for Digital TV please contact,, or, or call NCTA at 202-222-2350.
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 Comcast Launches "Troop Greetings On Demand"

For the fourth consecutive year, Comcast has launched "Troop Greetings On Demand," a service that allows the families and friends of military personnel stationed overseas to view special holiday greetings from their loved ones. Troop Greetings will be available through the "Get Local" category of Comcast's video on demand service, On Demand, and offered through January 2008.

The company also announced an expansion of the program to include online podcasts through CN8, the Comcast Network's Web site,, and online greetings available through Comcast's Internet portal, CN8 will also present "CN8 Holiday Troop Greetings," a one-hour special featuring Comcast employees who are military veterans or have family on active duty. Nearly 1,000 messages are available to almost nine million customers throughout Comcast's service areas stretching from New England through the D.C. corridor. For more information, contact Lauren Spates at 301-625-3420 or
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 Nominate a Colleague for the Cable Communications Achievement Award

Help ACC as we honor the best cable communicators in the industry by nominating a colleague for the Cable Communications Achievement Award!  Formerly the Public Affairs Achievement Award, the Cable Communications Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cable communications field. Up to four individuals will be recognized for their role in the cable industry, with one of the four individuals receiving recognition as a "rising star."

Nomination forms are currently available on the ACC Web site and will be accepted until January 4, 2008. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

Current member of ACC
Member of ACC for a minimum of three years
Worked in cable communications a minimum of five years
Supports the goals of ACC

"Rising star" nominees must have worked in cable a maximum of two years with no minimum membership requirement in ACC.  Finally, nominees must be employed by a MSO, local system, cable network, industry supplier or industry nonprofit organization. For a complete list of policies and procedures, or to nominate a colleague, visit
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 Discovery and National Governors Association Partner for Energy Awareness

Discovery Communications and the National Governors Association (NGA) have partnered in an effort to raise awareness of America's energy challenges. The partnership is part of NGA's Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative (SCEF Initiative), and includes a public service announcement that will begin running across Discovery's networks in 2008. The PSA will highlight the importance individual contributions can make in solving America's energy challenges and attempt to motivate individuals across the country to embrace clean energy in their everyday activities.

For more information on the Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative, please visit
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 Emma Bowen Foundation Graduate and Intern Awarded Emmys

Former Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media graduate Christine Portela of WTVJ, NBC 6 in Miramar, Florida and current Foundation intern Giovani Benitez of WFOR-TV- CBS Miami, were both recently awarded Emmys at the 2007 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in Kissimmee, Florida.

Portela, a producer of the South Florida Nightly News at 7 at WTVJ, received an Emmy in the weather category for her work on "Preparing for the Storm 2007." She is a graduate of the University of Florida and was an Emma Bowen Foundation intern with WTVJ while in College.

Benitez, a senior at Florida International University (FIU) and an Emma Bowen Foundation intern with WFOR since 2003, received an Emmy in the continuing coverage category for his work on a 17-part series called "The Forgotten Floor." The series focused on mentally ill inmates at the Miami-Dade Detention Center.

For more information on the Emma Bowen Foundation and the Emmy winners, please contact the Foundation's Phylis Eagle-Oldson at 202-637-4494.
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 MTV & Associated Press Join Forces on 2008 Campaign

As part of its "Choose or Lose" campaign, MTV has teamed up with the Associated Press to launch a new "citizen journalist" program aimed at covering the 2008 elections from a youth perspective. The initiative, titled "Street Team '08," consists of 51 citizen journalists — one from every state and Washington, D.C. — who will cover the 2008 elections from a youth perspective and tailor their reports for mobile devices.

The members will contribute weekly multimedia reports (short form videos, blogs, animation, photos, podcasts) that will be distributed via a soon-to-launch WAP site, MTV Mobile, and to more than 1,800 sites in the Associated Press Online Video Network. MTV carefully selected the members after an extensive nationwide search.

The program is being funded by a $700,000 Knight News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight News Challenge is an annual worldwide competition awarding $5 million for innovative ideas that use digital media to inform and inspire communities.

For more information on "Street Team '08," visit
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 Nominate a Partner for the ACC Community Bridges Award

The cable industry is committed to improving the communities in which it serves, and partner organizations or individuals are often instrumental to the success of cable's efforts. In 2004, ACC created the Community Bridges Award to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals taking part in cable communications and public affairs initiatives. What partnering organization or individual has helped you the most this past year? Consider nominating a non-industry partner or individual for the 2008 ACC Community Bridges Award.

The nomination process is very simple. All ACC needs to know to consider your non-industry partner is: Who are you nominating?  How do you work with this individual or organization? Why should this nominee win the award?

Email your answers to these three questions to Michelle Butler at or complete the ACC Community Bridges Award nomination form and send it to ACC by Monday, January 7, 2008, to ensure that your nominee is considered. Winners will be honored during FORUM 2008, March 30 – April 2 in Washington, DC.

Past winners of the ACC Community Bridges Award include the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in 2007, The Partnership for a Drug Free America in 2006 and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2005. For more information, see the Policies and Procedures for this award online or contact Michelle Butler at 202-222-2372.
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 ESPN Internal Communications Position

Individual needed for Bristol, CT based position as Director of Internal Communications.  He/she will develop strategies and initiatives for internal employee business communication companywide, intra- and inter-departmentally. The selected candidate will work closely with executives on best practices for communicating business information within and across departments, including HR as well as IT for new technology applications.

Minimum of 12 years direct, progressive experience in communications fields. Experience leading various media-driven communications platforms, particularly web based and electronic communications. Proven record of developing and delivering strategic employee communication initiatives along with solid project management experience in a diverse organization. Ability to work effectively across business units and with all levels of management as well as strategic planning and implementation.

Bachelor's degree required, Masters preferred. JOB ID: 124576. For complete details and to apply for this position, go to:
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 Thank You, Corporate Members!

Join and support ACC by becoming a corporate member.  Join now and receive benefits immediately from your join date through December 2008.  For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.  For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
MTV Networks
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
Smithsonian Networks
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
AZN Television
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gospel Music Channel
GSN.  The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Oxygen Media
Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
Texas Cable Association
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