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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2005
Contact:  Michelle Butler
(202) 775-1082
mbutler@ctpaa.org

2005 Golden Beacon and Beacon Award Winners

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2005 -- During a gala ceremony the evening of May 3, the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) announced the winners of the 2005 Golden Beacon and Beacon Awards, recognizing excellence in cable television public affairs. CTPAA awarded the Golden Beacon, the association's highest honor, to Lifetime Television's Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women. CTPAA also presented 76 Beacon Awards, representing work by MSOs, cable systems, programming networks, cable associations and technology providers aimed at the community, customers, education, employees, government, media or cable association members. A list of the 2005 Beacon Awards can be found at the end of this release. The Beacon Awards Ceremony was one of many highlights of CTPAA's annual conference, FORUM 2005: Expanding Cable's Connections, held May 1 -- 4 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. Comedy Central's Ted Alexandro was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

CTPAA presented the 2005 Golden Beacon, awarded to a public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry and enhanced cable's image nationwide, to Lifetime Television's Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women. The campaign is dedicated to using the power of the media to raise awareness of various forms of violence, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; offering lifesaving information and support; promoting passage of national legislation; and engaging women and men to work together to prevent violence. In an initiative that reaches women in 88 million homes, Lifetime works with more than 40 leading non-profit organizations, affiliate partners, corporations and bi-partisan government officials to create extensive, original, on-air programming, online content and community outreach. The two other initiatives nominated for the 2005 Golden Beacon Award were Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play and The History Channel's Save Our History. The 2004 Golden Beacon was awarded to Comcast and C-SPAN Networks for Students & Leaders.

In addition to the Beacon Awards and Golden Beacon Award, two other highly coveted awards were presented during the ceremony. Time Warner Cable New England is the recipient of the ESPN Good Sports Award for its Top Pop, Maine's Best Dad Contest. The award is given annually to a project that generates outstanding community involvement through education and athletics. Time Warner Cable of New England's Top Pop contest invited students in grades 4-12 to submit an essay describing their Dad and why he should be named one of Maine's Top Pops. Twenty-five Dads were selected by a panel of judges and honored at a luncheon followed by a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game last June. The first 200 essay entries also received two tickets to attend the game. One "Top" student essay from each grade level - elementary, middle and high school - was chosen and the students won a HD television and one year of Digital/HD programming for their fathers. The winner of the Joel A. Berger Award is the Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive for its Positively Aiding the Fight Against AIDS. Named after the former publisher of Cablevision magazine, the award annually recognizes an outstanding public affairs initiative that creates AIDS awareness in local communities. The chapter launched in 2003 and has had a very successful start. In the past year, it has raised more than $43,800 to fund HIV/AIDS support and education programs of Cable Positive and AID Atlanta, the Southeast's largest AIDS action organization. Cable Positive's Atlanta chapter has marshaled the resources of the cable industry and gained the active support and sponsorship of 30 cable-related companies.

In 2004, CTPAA created the CTPAA Community Bridges Award to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals that take part in cable public affairs initiatives and are often instrumental to the success of those initiatives. The inaugural winner is Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The cable industry has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to help them achieve their mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Cable companies have shown public service announcements that promoted the activities of the Clubs, established technology centers and donated other in-kind services as well as cash grants to Clubs locally and nationally. At the local level, cable employees have provided workshops on Internet safety and media literacy, painted and renovated Clubs, mentored disadvantaged children, and provided them with basic necessities for school such as school supplies, clothing and shoes.

Each year, CTPAA's President selects, and the CTPAA Board approves, the President's Award recipients, honoring individuals for the development and implementation of public affairs initiatives within their own companies and throughout the cable industry. The 2005 recipients were Bill Bresnan, chairman and CEO, Bresnan Communications; Paul FitzPatrick, executive vice president and COO, Crown Media Holdings; and Char Beales, president and CEO, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).

CTPAA received hundreds of Beacon entries this year -- evidence of the strong and continuing commitment by the cable industry to public affairs. Finalists and winners were selected after an extensive two-phase judging process in Washington, DC, at the NCTA headquarters in January and February.

CTPAA is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's public affairs professionals. Its mission is to develop and promote public affairs excellence to help achieve industry, corporate and social goals. A strong advocate of the public affairs professional's participation in all aspects of corporate decision-making processes, CTPAA works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on CTPAA, FORUM 2005 and the 2005 Beacon Awards, see www.ctpaa.org.

2005 Beacon Award Winners

Community; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System I

Operation Fort Hood
Time Warner Cable/Waco, TX

Community; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

Voices for Votes Campaign
Cox Communications/Baton Rouge, LA

Community; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

Ask Me About Voting
Time Warner Cable - Southwest/Flower Mound, TX

Community; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play
Nickelodeon/New York, NY

Community; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System I

Let's Just Play Florence
Time Warner Cable/Florence, SC

Community; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Ask Me About Voting - Voter Palooza
Time Warner Cable/Nederland, TX

Community; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV - TIE

Harvest for Hunger II Concert
Time Warner Cable/Austin, TX

New England Region Comcast Cares Day
Comcast/Boston, MA

Community; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play's Worldwide Day of Play
Nickelodeon/New York, NY

Community; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Association/Nonprofit

Positively Cable 2003 - 2004
Cable Positive, Denver Chapter/Denver, CO

Community; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable System IV

Image Campaign
Time Warner Cable/Rochester, NY

Community; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable Network III

TV Land and Nick at Nite's Family Table...Share More Than Meals
MTV Networks/New York, NY

Community; Video Promotion or PSA; Cable System IV

"A Community Partner Working For You" Supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the Interactive Way
Time Warner Cable/Schenectady, NY

Community; Video Promotion or PSA; Cable Network III

MTV's Choose or Lose PSA: The Least Likely
MTV/New York, NY

Community; Programming/Series; Cable System IV

The Rockstar Project
Time Warner Cable/Milwaukee, WI

Community; Programming/Single Program; Cable System I

After the Firestorm
Charter Communications/Riverside, CA

Community; Programming/Single Program; Cable System IV

Troop Greetings On Demand
Comcast/Oaks, PA

Community; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network III

Until the Violence Stops
Lifetime Television/New York, NY

Community; Print Materials; Cable System IV

Time Warner Cable 2003 Community Action Annual Report
Time Warner Cable/Schenectady, NY

Community; Print Materials; Cable Network III

Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play Print Materials
Nickelodeon/New York, NY

Community; Web Site; Cable System IV

Rhino iCAM
Time Warner Cable/Cincinnati, OH

Community; Web Site; Cable Network III

MTV's Choose or Lose Online
MTV/New York, NY

Customers; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System I

Charter All Digital Branding & Public Affairs Campaign
Charter Communications/Long Beach, CA

Customers; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Exclusive Screening Rewards Time Warner Cable Customers
Time Warner Cable/Staten Island, NY

Customers; Full Campaign/Series; MSO

Take Charge! Smart Choices for Your Cox Digital Home
Cox Communications/Atlanta, GA

Customers; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Project X Box - Customers
Time Warner Cable/Nederland, TX

Customers; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System III

Hurricane Ivan Customer Restoration Reassurance Campaign
Cox Communications Gulf Coast/Pensacola, FL

Customers; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Digital Fingerprinting Family Fun Day
Courtroom Television Network/New York, NY

Customers; Programming/Series; Cable System II

Sights & Sounds
Time Warner Cable/Nebraska Division/Lincoln, NE

Customers; Programming/Series; MSO

Comcast Votes Yes to Campaign 2004
Comcast Cable Communications, Inc./Philadelphia, PA

Education; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System I

Kids Voting 2004
Comcast-Bucks County/Ivyland, PA

Education; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

Students & Leaders - New York City
Time Warner Cable of NY and NJ/New York, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network II

HITN-TV Bringing Hispanic Arts & Culture to New York City Public Schools
Hispanic Information TV Network/New York, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

Disney Channel's Imagineer That!
Disney and ESPN Media Networks/Burbank, CA

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Top Pop
Time Warner Cable/Portland, ME

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Champions on Demand
Cablevision Systems Corporation/Bethpage, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; MSO

Insight eLECTIONS Challenge
Insight Communications/New York, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network I

sportskool's Champions on Demand
Rainbow Sports Networks/sportskool/Bethpage, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network II

The N's A Walk In Your Shoes: Living With HIV/AIDS
The N/New York, NY

Education; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

C-SPAN'S Campaign Cam
C-SPAN Networks/Washington, DC

Education; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable Network II

The N's HIV/AIDS PSA's
The N/New York, NY

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable System I

Justice for All
Charter Communications/Long Beach, CA

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable System II

FAME!
Time Warner Cable/Nebraska Division/Lincoln, NE

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable System III

Get Your Vote On
Cox Communications New Orleans/Harahan, LA

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable System IV

Time Warner Cable's Hang Tough Video Contest
Time Warner Cable/Milwaukee, WI

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network II

The N's "I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education"
The N/New York, NY

Education; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network III

VH1 News Presents: AIDS: A Pop Culture History - Partnership with Cable Positive
VH1/New York, NY

Education; Print Materials; MSO

Internet Smarts Booklet
Cablevision Systems Corporation/Bethpage, NY

Education; Print Materials; Cable Network III

Chasing Freedom
Courtroom Television Network/New York, NY

Education; Web Site; MSO

Powertolearn.com
Cablevision Systems Corporation/Bethpage, NY

Education; Web Site; Cable Network III

ESPN Sportsfigures.com "Get Your Brain in the Game"
ESPN, Inc./Bristol, CT

Employees; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System I

Relay for Life: "New Year, New Beginnings, Same Determination"
Time Warner Cable/Waco, TX

Employees; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

NOVA NewsWire, The 411 and HOT Sheet: "Generating Awareness"
Cox Communications/Northern Virginia/Herndon, VA

Employees; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

2004 Three Pillars: Foundation For Success
Comcast/Taunton, MA

Employees; Full Campaign/Series; Hardware, Software, or New Technology Provider

Go All Out For JDRF 2004
Scientific-Atlanta Inc./Lawrenceville, GA

Employees; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Growing Volunteers for Comcast Cares Day
Comcast/Tucson, AZ

Employees; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Government Affairs Spring Training 2004
Comcast/Yardley, PA

Employees; Full Campaign/Single Activity; MSO

Comcast Dishes Out the Competition with Fling for the Rings
Comcast Corporation/Philadelphia, PA

Employees; Programming/Series; Cable System III

Pipeline
Cox Communications/New Orleans, LA

Employees; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network III

FYI: Generation Y
Courtroom Television Network/New York, NY

Employees; Print Materials; MSO

TWConnections
Time Warner Cable/Stamford, CT

Employees; Web Site; Cable System IV

YIKES! What is that all about?
Time Warner Cable/Milwaukee, WI

Government; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Comcast Local Edition Southern California
Comcast, Southern California/El Segundo, CA

Government; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Call Center Grand Opening
Time Warner Cable/Harlingen, TX

Government; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Information Technology Industry Council Visit
Time Warner Cable/Austin, TX

Government; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Everyday Heroes
Courtroom Television Network/New York, NY

Government; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Association/Nonprofit

Cable Wins the Lottery
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association/Tallahassee, FL

Government; Web Site; Cable System II

Comcast Local Edition Southern California Web Site
Comcast, Southern California/El Segundo, CA

Media; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

There's a New Dial Tone in Town!
Cox Communications/Northern Virginia/Herndon, VA

Media; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network II

Starz On Demand Grassroots PR Initiatives
Starz Entertainment Group/Englewood, CO

Media; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Project X Box - Media
Time Warner Cable/Nederland, TX

Media; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System III

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Comcast of Montgomery County/Rockville, MD

Media; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Time Warner Cable's "Virtual Office"
Time Warner Cable/Milwaukee, WI

Media; Print Materials; Cable System III

Ringing Press Kit: There's a New Dial Tone in Town!
Cox Communications/Northern Virginia/Herndon, VA

Members; Full Campaign/Series; Association/Nonprofit

Positively Aiding the Fight Against AIDS
Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive/Atlanta, GA

Members; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable Network III

WICT NY, Multichannel News Wonder Women of Cable Video
Courtroom Television Network/New York, NY

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