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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2007
Contact:  Michelle Butler
(202) 222-2372
mbutler@ctpaa.org


CTPAA Announces Finalists for 2007 Beacon Awards™

Washington, DC – The Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) announced today the names of the finalists for the 2007 Beacon Awards honoring excellence in cable public affairs. Winners will be named during the Beacon Awards Gala, set for Tuesday, March 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with CTPAA’s FORUM 2007 conference, “Cable to the Extreme: Communicating the Possibilities.”

“Cable public affairs professionals are working everyday to improve the quality of life for their companies’ customers and the communities they serve while also finding ways to contribute to the bottom line,” said Jennifer Mooney, 2007 Beacon Awards co-chair and group vice president, government affairs and public relations, Bright House Networks.

Cindy McConkey, 2007 Beacon Awards co-chair and senior vice president, communications, Scripps Networks, added, “The impact of their efforts are never more apparent than when you review a year’s worth of the industry’s best public affairs practices. We thank the 93 public affairs professionals who did just that by serving as judges for this year’s Beacon Awards competition.”

CTPAA members chose the 2007 Beacon Award finalists during an extensive, two-phase judging process. The association received 493 entries this year – an 8% increase over last year's total. The overwhelming number of high quality Beacon Award entries submitted continue to demonstrate the cable industry's commitment to public affairs and represent company initiatives implemented over the past year in areas such as community relations, education, multicultural public relations and public service announcements.

The 2007 Beacon Awards Finalists listed by category are:

Community Relations

2006 Everyday Heroes - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Break the Addiction Campaign think MTV - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Bright Kids Network - Bright House Networks - Orlando, FL
Comcast Cares Day - Utah - Comcast - Sandy, UT
Comcast Leaders & Achievers - Comcast - Schaumburg, IL
Freedom Week and Operation Home Base on FSN North - FSN North - Minneapolis, MN
FSN Reading All Starts - Charter West Virginia Assembly - Fox Cable Networks
Gospel at the Gardens - Charter Communications, Inc. - Riverside, CA
Insight Cares About Children - Insight Communications - Lafayette, IN
Insight's Community Harvest - Insight Communications - Lafayette, IN
Inspirational Heroes & "X" Awards Program - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
Intervention New Bedford - Comcast Southeastern MA Region - South Easton, MA
McCain Internet Empowerment Project - Time Warner Cable Raleigh Division
National Geographic Channel's Everyday Explorer - Fox Cable Networks - Los Angeles, CA
One Book One Community - Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA
Oxygen Mentors: Bringing Along the Next Generation - Oxygen Media - New York, NY
Project Homeless Connect at Comcast Cares Day - Comcast - Denver, CO
Rap-it-Up Campaign - BET - New York, NY
Restoring Music in the Pasadena Schools - Charter Communications, Inc. - Long Beach, CA
Seattle 2006 Comcast Cares Day - Comcast - Bothell, WA
Take Charge - Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI
Take Charge! Takes on Internet Safety - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
Time Warner Cable Movies in the Park - Time Warner Cable - Houston, TX
Virtual Book Drive - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Education

Court TV Choices 10th Anniversary - Court TV - New York, NY
FSN Fancaster - FSN New England - Burlington, MA
Knicks Read to Achieve @ powertolearn.com - Cablevision Systems Corporation
Rap-it-Up Teen Forums - BET - New York, NY
Restoring Music in the Pasadena Schools - Charter Communications, Inc. - Long Beach, CA
Spotlight on Education - Time Warner Cable/ Waco Division - Waco, TX
Take Charge - Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI
Time Warner Cable's Hang Tough Video Contest - Time Warner Cable - Milwaukee, WI
Young Director's Cut 2006, Education - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Government Relations

Arizona Cable Customer Tax Relief Act - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Call Center Groundbreaking Event - Comcast - Bothell, WA
Comcast Newsmakers "On Location" - Comcast - Elmhurst, IL
Community Concert with Motown Artist KEM - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX
On Their Turf: Acadiana Franchise Authority Road Trip - Cox Communications
Power to Learn - Cablevision Systems Corporation - Bethpage, NY
Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable - Time Warner Cable/Waco Division - Waco, TX
Truth Booth - Comcast - Harrisburg, PA
VH1/Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria - World AIDS Day – VH1

Internal Communications

A Hero's Farewell; A New Era Begins - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
Banding Together for New Orleans - Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Bright House Networks Customer Service Appreciation Week - Bright House Networks, Indiana - Indianapolis, IN
Celebrating North Stars Recognition Program - Comcast Cable - Schaumburg, IL
Comcast Bay Area Water Cooler Employee Blog - Comcast - San Jose, CA
Comcast Cares Day Internal Promotion and Strategic Recruitment Comcast Sicklerville, NJ
Cox Charities my Way Contributions Campaign - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Employee Campaign Model - Time Warner Cable - Charlotte, NC
Employee Idol Mania - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX
Inside Out: Making Communication Count for Comcasters - Comcast - Oaks, PA
It's a Whole New Ballgame: Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas' 2006 All Employee Meeting - Cox Communications - Wichita, KS
Lights Cable Action! - Time Warner Cable/Waco Division - Waco, TX
The Power of Principles - Comcast - Baltimore, MD
The Power of You - Customer Service Makeover - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX
Time Warner Cable Integration Celebration - Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA
Virtual Book Drive - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Media Relations

16th Annual Bay Area Baseball Luncheon - Fox Sports Net/Bay Area - San Francisco, CA
Brotherhood - Showtime Networks, Inc. - New York, NY
Comcast Announcement of the Mtn. Network - Comcast - Sandy, UT
Dexter - Showtime Networks, Inc. - New York, NY
Dodgers on Demand - Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA
Everyday Heroes - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Launch of Cox Digital Telephone - Cox Communications - Las Vegas, NV
New Orleans : Back in Business Media Tour - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
NVC Press Kit & Calendar - GSN. The Network for Games - Santa Monica, CA
PR Helps Comcast Fulfill Critical Hiring Needs - Comcast - Oaks, PA
Rescuing Recess - Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA
The Triple Play Acceleration - Comcast - Boston, MA
Time Warner Cable - A New Team in Town - Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio
Time Warner Cable Movies in the Park - Time Warner Cable - Houston, TX
Weeds - Showtime Networks, Inc. - New York, NY

Competitive Response

The Power of You Customer Technology Showcase - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX
Truth Booth - Comcast - Harrisburg, PA

Bottom Line/Sales Impact

"Leveraging Summer Festivals" (Public Affairs Adds Sales to the Fun) - Time Warner Cable - Columbus, OH
Cardinals Home Opener DVD for U.S. Troops Overseas - Fox Sports Net Midwest
Digital Days: Discover the World of Digital - Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA
FBR Open - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ

Reputation/Brand Management

Dodgers on Demand - Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA
National Vocabulary Championship - GSN. The Network for Games - Santa Monica, CA
Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play - MTV Networks - New York, NY
PBS KIDS Sprout Day at Knoxville Zoo - PBS KIDS Sprout - Philadelphia, PA
Rebuilding a Greater New Orleans - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
Rescuing Recess - Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA
Restoring Music in the Pasadena Schools - Charter Communications, Inc. - Long Beach, CA
The New Cox Acadiana - Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA
Time Warner Cable Tuesdays - Time Warner Cable/Staten Island - Staten Island, NY

Events and Observances (Seven or Fewer Days)

4th on Deck: Salute to the Troops - Fox Sports Net/Bay Area - San Francisco, CA
Cable Cares: Keeping the HIV/AIDS Message Alive - Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC
Capitol Hill Event to End Drive-through Mastectomies - Lifetime Television - New York
CN8 and Lynn Doyle Celebrate 10 Years - Comcast - Oaks, PA
Comcast Builds A Playground - Comcast - Silver Spring, MD
Extreme Home Makeover on Demand - Time Warner Cable - Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Freedom Week and Operation Home Base on FSN North - FSN North - Minneapolis, MN
National Vocabulary Championship - GSN. The Network for Games - Santa Monica, CA
Positively Art - Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Rescuing Recess - Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA
Teen Summit on Internet Safety - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
The Great Gumbo Cook-Off: Cox Greater Louisiana's Integration Celebration - Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA
United Way/Think MTV Storm Corps - MTV Networks - New York, NY
VH1 Save the Music's Hip Hop Honors Week - MTV Networks - New York, NY

Events and Observances (More than Seven Days)

30 Events in 30 Days - VH1 Save The Music & Their Cable Partners – VH1
A Hero's Farewell; A New Era Begins - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
A&E Television Network Presents: Lives That Make a Difference - Soaringwords School and Hospital Initiative - A&E Television Networks - New York, NY
On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report – Court TV - New York
Operation Education - Time Warner Cable/Waco Division - Waco, TX

Business to Business Communications

Cox Connects Downtown - Cox Communications - Baton Rouge, LA
The Power of You Customer Technology Showcase - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Crisis Communications

Comcast - South Florida Aftermath of Hurricane Wilma - Comcast - Miramar, FL
Hurricane Communications Task Force - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
Insight's Migration Tornado - Insight Communications - New York, NY

Issues Management

Arizona Cable Customer Tax Relief Act - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Cable ONE Arizona Retransmission Dispute - Cable ONE - Phoenix, AZ
Take Charge! Takes on Internet Safety - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
The Power of You - Customer Service Makeover - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX

Multicultural Public Relations

Conectate Con Comcast Y WAPA America! - Comcast, South Jersey Area - Voorhees, NJ
TV One Launches in Wisconsin - Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI
Walkout Student Premiere - Time Warner Cable - El Paso, TX

Integrated Communications

4th on Deck: Salute to the Troops - Fox Sports Net/Bay Area - San Francisco, CA
A Gift for Teaching Book-A-Thon - Bright House Networks, Central Florida - Maitland, FL
Comcast Cares Day Internal Promotion and Strategic Recruitment Comcast Sicklerville, NJ
Cox Communications/Special Olympics Rhode Island Partnership - Cox Communications
MAXimum Wellness - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Operation Bright Eyes - Bright House Networks - St. Petersburg, FL
Oxygen Mentors: Bringing Along the Next Generation - Oxygen Media - New York, NY
Rebuilding a Greater New Orleans - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
The Power of Principles - Comcast - Baltimore, MD
The Power of You Customer Technology Showcase - Time Warner Cable - Austin, TX
Time Warner Cable Movies in the Park - Time Warner Cable - Houston , TX
True Def of Hi-Def - Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company - Lawrenceville, GA

New Media Campaign

Cox Advocacy Network - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Darfur is Dying - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Digital Straight Talk.com - Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
National Vocabulary Championship - GSN. The Network for Games - Santa Monica, CA
Stop Breast Cancer for Life Web Site - Lifetime Television - New York, NY

Programming (Single Program)

2006 Everyday Heroes - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
4th on Deck: Salute to the Troops - Fox Sports Net/Bay Area - San Francisco, CA
ABC's of Medicare Part D - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
Bright Stars Senior Idol Show - Bright House Networks - St. Petersburg, FL
Dew Drop Inn Katrina Anniversary Special - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
It's Your Vote: the Race for Mayor of New Orleans - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
New Orleans Music in Exile - Starz Entertainment - Englewood, CO
Student Voices - Teen Suicide - Comcast - Philadelphia, PA
The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale - Lifetime Television - New York, NY
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy - Lifetime Television - New York, NY

Programming (Series)

A Dose of Reality - Comcast - Detroit, MI
Cox Customer Education - Cox Communications, Gulf Coast - Ft. Walton Beach, FL
C-SPAN's The Capitol - C-SPAN Networks - Washington, DC
High School Football on Demand - Time Warner Cable - Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Kids in the Kitchen - Mediacom - Dubuque, IA
Metro Beat TV - Comcast - Philadelphia, PA
Morgus Presents - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA
National Geographic Channel's Explorer - National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC
New England Accent Series - Cox Communications - Lincoln, RI
The Challenge - Cablevision Systems Corporation - Bethpage, NY
Your Stories - Cox Communications - Metairie, LA

Public Service Announcement (Single or Series)

401(K)ids Program - Bright House Networks - St. Petersburg, FL
Break the Addiction PSAs think MTV - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Help on the Homefront - Comcast - Philadelphia, PA
Hurricane Kids PSA - Cox Communications, Gulf Coast - Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Join the Fight: Weapons of Mass Instruction - Cable Positive - New York, NY
Mississippi Rising - Comcast - Philadelphia, PA
Rap-it-Up PSAs - BET - New York, NY
Rescuing Recess - Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA
VH1 & The Global Fund "Elephant" Public Service Announcement – VH1

Support Materials

Oh Baby! Comcast Delivers - Comcast - Oaks, PA
"Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" Viewers' Guide - Lifetime Television
Get Your Game Face On! Triple Play Launch Internal Employee Communication Program - Comcast, South Jersey Area - Voorhees, NJ
Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) New Jersey Shouts Down Drugs! - Comcast - East Windsor, NJ
Rescuing Recess - Cartoon Network - Atlanta, GA
Time Warner Cable Movies in the Park - Time Warner Cable - - Houston, TX

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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 or the Beacon Awards, go to www.ctpaa.org.

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