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April 30, 2013
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C-SPAN, HISTORY and USA Network are

ACC's 2013 Golden Beacon Award® Nominees

Washington, D.C. - The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) today announced the three nominees for the association's highest honor, the Golden Beacon Award®.  Nominees are:

  • C-SPAN at the Republican National Convention, C-SPAN Networks
  • Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In, HISTORY
  • Characters Unite, USA Network

ACC will honor the Golden Beacon Award® nominees and announce the winner during the Beacon Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  The ceremony takes place during ACC's annual conference, FORUM 2013 - The Value Proposition:  Know It.  Sell It. 

"The Golden Beacon is ACC's highest honor, presented each year to a single communications initiative that has had a profound and lasting effect on the industry and its various stakeholders," said Pete Abel, 2013 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink. "Over the past year, three industry programs, USA Network's Characters Unite,    C-SPAN Networks' C-SPAN at the Republican National Convention, and HISTORY's Mankind Connected:  A Global Teach-In, have exemplified the cable industry's commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, locally and nationally."

Characters Unite is USA Network's public service campaign dedicated to combating hate and discrimination while promoting diversity and acceptance.  In partnership with leading nonprofit organizations, the multiplatform initiative focuses on a wide range of civil and human rights issues, including racism, hate crimes, bullying, access for people with disabilities, gender discrimination, homophobia and religious intolerance. While the effort is year-round, USA designated February as Characters Unite Month, a time when the Network shines a brighter spotlight on the importance of tolerance and mutual respect. This year, USA dramatically expanded the month-long effort with more on-air programming, digital content and special community events than the Network had ever done before.

C-SPAN is known for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate, and every four years, brings its signature style of coverage to the presidential campaign with the national conventions serving as the centerpiece. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, C-SPAN proactively reinforced that brand with key publics and affiliate partners and reminded the political community and the cable industry of C-SPAN's reputation in the sphere of politics and government. Bright House's role as the official telecommunications provider for the convention helped C-SPAN promote the message of cable's public service, as well as the specific message that complete coverage of the conventions is available to customers in the Tampa area thanks to Bright House.

In conjunction with the November 2012 premiere of the epic 12-hour television event Mankind The Story of All of Us, HISTORY partnered with UNESCO to create a unique, educational event for young students: Mankind Connected: A Global Teach-In.  The global webinar featured satellite live feeds from Liberty, Missouri and Vina del Mar, Chile as well as participation from all seven continents, including Antarctica.

ACC's Golden Beacon Award® recognizes a communications and public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry, while enhancing cable's image nationwide.  The 2012 Golden Beacon Award recognized Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds.

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