Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

January 21, 2011 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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Learn about the Hottest Products at the CES Show during ACC’s Jan. 26 Webinar

Wondering what some of the hottest products showcased at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas were and their possible impact on the cable industry? Did you plan on attending the show but just couldn’t make it out to Vegas?

ACC’s Steve Jones spent two packed days at the show and will provide an up close look at many of the most innovative products on display during his webinar 2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Hot Products and Innovation on Wednesday, January 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. If you’ve never been to CES, his presentation provides a real world sense of what it’s like to attend this huge event with more than 100,000 attendees. Plus, he’ll review the top gadgets exhibited at CES 2011!

Only ACC members may attend this webinar, and it is free of charge as a benefit of ACC membership. ACC members can register for this free webinar via the association’s online education portal in the members-only section of this Web site by clicking on the link to live webinars and self-paced programs.

You must be logged into the members-only area to access this portal, and you can log in through the member log in box in the left-hand corner of this screen. Your username is your work email address, and the password is your last name all in lowercase letters. If you are not currently a member, use ACC’s trial membership and join free for your first six months.

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Comcast Partners with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Comcast and the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Presidential Library and Museum have partnered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Presidency and launched on January 14 the first video-on-demand destination featuring one of the largest public offerings of JFK content outside of the JFK Library. JFK 50 Years On Demand includes famous speeches, Presidential debates, newsreels, campaign commercials, documentaries and films. The service is available for free to Comcast digital video customers through February 25.

Comcast is also the National Patron of the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and the Corporate Sponsor of the Young Leaders Call to Service programs of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Call to Service programs include several leadership enrichment programs for youth that project the ideals that President Kennedy championed and that are central to the mission of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Comcast Foundation.

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Get Involved With ACC by Volunteering on a Committee

Are you interested in connecting with fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for our FORUM 2011, 2011 Beacon Award and ACC Board Committees. Get involved and help mold ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators.

FORUM Committee members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2011 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards Gala. Board Committees develop association programs and help members get connected to one another.

For more information on the committees, go to ACC’s Web site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing or calling 800-210-3396. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.

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ESPN Commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Week-long Initiative

ESPN’s week-long Content of Character initiative marked the 25th anniversary of the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and featured a live, town hall discussion about the current image of the black athlete that was televised on January 14. Robin Roberts, anchor for ABC morning show Good Morning America, and Bob Ley, host of ESPN’s Outside the Lines, led the two-hour town hall meeting live from Atlanta’s New Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. often preached. Other participants were Director Spike Lee, ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, WNBA Tulsa Shock player and world champion track & field athlete Marion Jones, and former University of Miami football coach Randy Shannon.

ESPN’s Content of Character initiative included MLK-themed programming on all of ESPN’s platforms from January 11 – 17 such as special features and vignettes on SportsCenter throughout the week and visits to Dr. King’s alma mater Morehouse College on January 12 and Southern University in Baton Rouge on January 13 on ESPN2’s SportsNation. ESPN also held a sports career panel for students at Morehouse College.

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ACC Offers Trial Membership—Six Months Free

Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC. The association has instituted a “test drive” trial membership initiative that allows prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation.

With the “test drive” membership, prospective members can join the organization without paying any up-front fees, and experience all the benefits ACC has to offer, including a comprehensive Web site, online chats, webinars and ACC Briefs on key topics of interest for six months. To continue benefits and access to ACC programs after the trial period ends, new members simply pay half of the first year’s dues, or $100 to complete the year. The “test drive” program has been expanded and now runs through December 31, 2011. For more information, check out the registration form online or contact Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372.

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BET Adds Philanthropic Element to Honors Weekend

BET Networks hosted its fourth annual BET Honors events in Washington, DC, this past weekend to honor African Americans who have made an impact in American culture through education, service, and the arts. Being true to the spirit of the program, BET added a charitable component this year and will donate 80 percent of the proceeds from ceremony ticket sales to the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation.

Actress Gabrielle Union hosted the BET Honors ceremony January 15 at the Warner Theater, and it will be televised on BET February 21. The six honorees included Lonnie G. Bunch, III, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company; singer, actor and comedian Jamie Foxx; jazz musician Herbie Hancock; fashion icon and humanitarian Iman; and actress Cicely Tyson. Friday night, BET hosted a private dinner for network executives, the honorees and their guests at Arena Stage.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

ACC is pleased to welcome our newest corporate member, Univision! 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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