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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012
Contact:  Michelle Butler
(202) 222-2372
mailto:mbutler@cablecommunicators.org

Association of Cable Communicators Announces 2012 Beacon Awards Finalists

Washington, DC –– The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) announced today the names of the finalists for the 2012 Beacon Awards honoring excellence in cable communications and public affairs. The winners of the 2012 Beacon Awards will be announced during the Beacon Awards Luncheon
and Ceremony on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Hilton New York concluding ACC's annual conference FORUM 2012: Communicator.2012 The Critical Skills for Today. 

"Cable communicators make vital contributions to the bottom line of their companies and industry by telling cable's story, building constructive relationships with stakeholders, promoting products and services, and improving the quality of life for the customers and the communities they serve," said Pete Abel, 2012 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink Communications.  "The Beacon Awards recognize the best of this work."

Forty-eight ACC members, cable communications and public affairs professionals, chose the 2012 Beacon Award finalists during an extensive, two-phase judging process.  The increase in the number of Beacon Award entries submitted this year demonstrates the cable industry's commitment to communications and public affairs representing initiatives implemented over the past year in areas such as community relations, events and observances, and social media communications. 

The 2012 Beacon Awards Finalists listed by category are:

Cause Marketing

Cause an Uproar
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

Halogen TV & Cox Communications Shoes 4 Your City Campaign
The Inspiration Networks - Indian Land, SC

"Holiday Hopes & Happenings" Holiday Giving Campaign
Time Warner Cable - West Columbia, SC

Community Relations

BTN LiveBIG Scholarship for Outstanding Service
Big Ten Network - Chicago, IL

Comcast Hire A Veteran OnDemand
Comcast - Chemsford, MA

Connecting Visually Impaired Customers
Time Warner Cable - Cincinnati, OH

Internet Essentials - Comcast California Launch
Comcast - Central California Region - Sacramento, CA

Intervention Town Hall
A+E Networks - New York, NY

Suddenlink Mid South Makes Beautiful Music with Arkansas State University's Johnny Cash Music Festival
Suddenlink Communications - Jonesboro, AR

Time Warner Cable Super Connector Search - Midwest Region
Time Warner Cable - Akron, OH

Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Wouldn't It Be Cool If...New York City
Time Warner Cable NYC - New York, NY

Education

Alamo Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
Time Warner Cable - San Antonio, TX

An Art Museum in the Palm of Your Hand
Cox Communications - Springdale, AR

Charter Goes to College
Charter Communications, Inc. - Newtown, CT

El Centro/Time Warner Cable CAMM Partnership
Time Warner Cable - San Diego, CA

Inventions and Innovations Concert
Time Warner Cable - Cheektowaga, NY

Vietnam in HD: Education Outreach Campaign
A+E Networks - New York, NY

Events and Observances

2011 Customer Appreciation Event
Time Warner Cable - Schenectady, NY

Internet Essentials - Comcast California Launch
Comcast - Central California Region - Sacramento, CA

Rocky Mountain WICT Tech It Out Event
Starz Entertainment - Englewood, CO

Signature Home Product Showcase
Time Warner Cable - Chatsworth, CA

Suddenlink Open Tony Gibson Memorial Bass Tournament
Suddenlink Communications - St. Louis, MO

Time Warner Cable's STEMfest
Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

"Wouldn't It Be Cool If..." Finalist Pitch Event
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Government Relations

Battle of the Decade: Amending Cox's Baton Rouge Franchise
Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA 

Connect a Million Minds at the Wisconsin Capital
Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

Level Playing Field
Time Warner Cable - West Columbia, SC

Integrated Communications

Introducing Cox TV Connect
Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA

The Weather Channel Social
The Weather Channel - Atlanta, GA

Time Warner Cable Connects to the HP Byron Nelson Championship
Time Warner Cable - Coppell, TX

Time Warner Cable Spreads Brewers Magic
Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

Time Warner Cable Town Hall 2012
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Wildfire Relief: Time to Rebuild
Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Internal Communications

Characters Unite Employee Activation
USA Networks - New York, NY

E2 Initiative
Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC

ESPN Town Hall 2012
ESPN, Inc. - Bristol, CT

Houston PRIDE Employee Recognition Campaign
Comcast Cable - Houston, TX

Time Warner Cable MVP Communications 2012
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Time Warner Cable Town Hall 2012
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Media Relations - Programming Publicity

Crown Media Family Networks Countdown to Christmas Campaign
Crown Media Family Networks - New York, NY

Dropped/MeatEater Press Kit
The Sportsman Channel - New Berlin, WI

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

Portlandia Season 2
IFC - New York, NY

Syfy Digital Press Tour 2011
Syfy - NBCUniversal - New York, NY

Media Relations - Technology/Product

CIF Launch Campaign
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

Internet Essentials - Comcast California Launch
Comcast - Central California Region - Sacramento, CA

The Rock
Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA 

Multicultural Public Relations

Internet Essentials - Comcast California Launch
Comcast - Central California Region - Sacramento, CA

Toma el Control
Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI

Programming

2011 ESPN Veterans Week Programming, America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans
ESPN, Inc. - Bristol, CT

Cox4 and the Ragin' Cajuns TV Network
Cox Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Day of Honor
Comcast - Elmhurst, IL

Disney Friends for Change Games
The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA

It Ain't Rocket Science
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

MTV's (DIS)CONNECTED
MTV Networks - New York, NY

Public Service Announcement

Cause an Uproar Betty White Celebrity PSA
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

Characters Unite PSA Campaign
USA Networks - New York, NY

Disney Magic of Healthy Living
The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA

MTV's Power of 12
MTV Networks - New York, NY

"Never Too Late To Thank A Veteran" PSA Campaign
A+E Networks - New York, NY

ONDCP - Unwasted Weekend
MTV Networks - New York, NY

Sprout Kindness Counts
PBS KIDS Sprout - Philadelphia, PA

Time Warner Cable's Super Connector PSA
Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Reputation/Brand Management

Time Warner Cable Launches Essentials in South Texas
Time Warner Cable Texas Region - San Antonio, TX

Social Media Communications

Crown Media Family Networks Countdown to Christmas Social Media Campaign
Crown Media Family Networks - New York, NY

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview
National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC

Web sites

The mtvU Against Our Will Campaign
MTV Networks - New York, NY

Volunteer New Orleans
Cox Communications - Metairie, LA

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