Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

September 3, 2010 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards


Inside This Issue:


Cable Executives and Communications Experts Address the Future of the Industry at FORUM 2010 General Sessions!


Kyle McSlarrow, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Craig Moffett, senior analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein and Co.; and Peter Giles, president of Giles Communications LLC will address the future of the industry and the technologies that will take you there during the general sessions at FORUM 2010, September 15 and 16, in New York City.


On Wednesday, September 15, Moffett will kick off FORUM 2010 during the opening general session assessing cable’s competitive position in telecommunications and how new technologies are impacting the industry. Interviewed by Fox Business Network anchor, Liz Claman, Moffett will also focus on the outlook for the cable industry and the role communicators have positioning their companies within this marketplace.


During Giles session, he will address the influence of new technologies on the business of communications with a show-and-tell presentation featuring some of the latest gadgets and software PR professionals should be using, on Wednesday afternoon.


As part of the general session on Thursday morning, McSlarrow will provide an update on what the industry should expect from Washington including his outlook on Congress, the administration and the FCC.   Mark Robichaux, Editor in Chief of Multichannel News, will conduct the one-on-one interview as the opening session for the second day of the conference.

The second segment of Thursday’s general session will be a panel of senior cable executives who will discuss the various communications strategies they employ to position their companies within the dynamic and broad telecommunications market.  The panelists include Rosa M. Gatti, senior vice president, communications counsel and corporate outreach, ESPN Inc.; Chad Gutstein, executive vice president, Ovation; Mary Jo Moehle, vice president of investor relations and communications, Charter Communications, Inc.; Joe Waz, senior vice president, external affairs and public policy counsel and president of the Comcast Foundation, Comcast; and Rachel Welch, group vice president, federal affairs and policy counselor, Time Warner Cable.


In addition to the general sessions at FORUM, the conference will also feature four educational breakout sessions on topics including operator/programmer partnerships, corporate social responsibility, working on a tight budget and employee relations. 

FORUM 2010 concludes with the presentation of the annual Beacon Awards® during a newly formatted luncheon ceremony.  The three nominees for the Golden Beacon, the association’s highest award, are C-SPAN Video Library, C-SPAN Networks; A Thin Line, MTV; and Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds, Time Warner Cable. The conference will be held in the Hilton New York in New York City.

Register now to participate in ACC’s premiere professional development event and join your colleagues for educational and networking opportunities to further your career. Registration starts at $900 and Beacon Awards Ceremony-only tickets are $150. For more information and to register, visit or dial 800-210-3396.

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Cable Nets Support Medical Research with “Stand Up to Cancer” Telethon


Cable and broadcast networks are doing their part to raise funds for innovative cancer research on September 10 when 17 channels will air the “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon, at 8 p.m. EDT. More than 50 celebrities have signed on to perform and answer telephone calls from donors during the commercial-free, live, one-hour event hosted by Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams. Participating cable networks include Biography, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1.


All donations received from the public will go directly to cancer research. Viewers will have the ability to donate via a dedicated phone line, the Web, or through text message. During the program, viewers will hear from cancer survivors like Anne Feeley, who cycled from San Francisco to Washington, DC, to raise awareness about the need for research funds, as well as receive updates on what the Stand Up to Cancer organization (SU2C) has done to impact the field.


The 2008 telecast helped raise over $100 million. To date, five multi-disciplinary “Dream Teams” of researchers from more than 50 institutions, as well as 13 scientists who are undertaking high-risk yet potentially high-reward projects have received SU2C funding. SU2C brings together these scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively, rather than competitively, at a critical time in the field of cancer research. The organization is a partner of the American Association for Cancer Research and a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. For more information, visit

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Reserve a Table at the 2010 Beacon Awards


Celebrate cable communications excellence at the 2010 Beacon Awards Luncheon and Ceremony by reserving a table today. Concluding FORUM 2010 on September 16 in New York City, the Beacon Awards Luncheon gives you the opportunity to see the best campaigns and meet fellow communications professionals all while celebrating the value of your work to the industry. Table reservations are available to FORUM registrants at $2,000. For luncheon guests only, tables are $3,500 and include ten tickets to the luncheon. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-222-2372 or

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Gospel Music Channel Celebrates Gospel Music Heritage Month


Gospel Music Channel (GMC) honors Gospel Music Heritage Month this September. The network has equipped a dedicated Web site to help visitors learn more about the history of the musical genre, participate in gospel concerts, and spread awareness of the event.


The Web site profiles the history of the Gospel Music Association and gospel music artists to encourage fans to honor the month by taking in more of the history of the music. To help fans celebrate, GMC also provides an online quiz and schedule of gospel-themed events around the nation. Ads and promotional information are also available on the site.


Gospel Music Heritage Month was founded in 2008 as a way to honor gospel’s contribution to American culture. For more information, visit

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Register for FORUM 2010 to Win Tickets to “Promises, Promises”—One of Broadway’s Hottest Musicals!


Want to catch one of TV’s funniest actors and a Broadway legend while you’re in New York for FORUM 2010? ACC has just the chance you need. When you register for FORUM 2010: Competition Everywhere, you are automatically entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to “Promises, Promises,” the smash-hit revival of one of Broadway’s classic musicals. Catch Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee,” “Wicked”) in the hilarious story of one man’s quest to climb the corporate ladder and the complications he meets along the way. Simply register for FORUM 2010 for your chance to win. FORUM registration information can be found online at


ACC offers a limited amount of group rate tickets for purchase to FORUM attendees as well. Retailing at more than $125, FORUM attendees pay only $99.50 for front mezzanine seats. To reserve your tickets, contact Prasana William at 202-222-2370 or

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Comcast Partners with DC Office of Cable Television to Provide GED Preparation Resources


Comcast and the Washington, DC, Office of Cable Television (OCT) have partnered to launch DKN On Demand â�� an educational programming initiative that gives local Comcast subscribers access to District Knowledge Network (DKN) programs through the operator’s on demand service. Nearly 20 hours of programming will be available from DKN’s GED Connection, a comprehensive multimedia series designed to help learners prepare for the General Educational Development exam. DKN is the public education channel of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). 


“By developing and supporting constructive models like DKN On Demand, we offer meaningful options to students, which will lead to higher achievement and increased opportunities in the workplace,” said DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee, in a statement.


DKN On Demand programming from GED Connection includes a focus on reading, writing, social studies, science and math. DKN’s programming empowers students and the community at-large by offering relevant instructional and life skills programming that fosters and encourages student learning and achievement and promotes community wellness.


In addition to DKN On Demand, the company’s “Get Local” on demand programming for DC area customers has included other academic-oriented programs such as “Scholarships On Demand” and coverage of Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship celebrations for area high school seniors. 


DKN is operated by the DC Office of Cable Television, and supported by DCPS and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. DKN is designed to provide innovative resources and support to students, parents, teachers and community members. For more information, visit the DKN Web site.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!


Join and support ACC by becoming a 2010 or 2011 corporate member. 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

Bright House Networks

Cablevision Systems Corporation

Cox Communications

ESPN, Inc.

Rainbow Media Holdings

Time Warner Cable

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.


Friends & Associates


Bresnan Communications

Cable ONE


California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Cisco Systems, Inc.

C-SPAN Networks

Discovery Communications

Florida Cable Telecommunications Association

Hallmark Channel

Insight Communications

Midcontinent Communications


NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

Scripps Networks

Showtime Networks

Starz Entertainment

The Weather Channel

Texas Cable Association


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