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November 10, 2004
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CTPAA to Recognize Non-Industry Partners with New Award

2005 Beacon Awards Deadlines Just Weeks Away

Washington, DC -- The Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) announced today a new award to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals in cable public affairs initiatives and to increase outside recognition of the cable industry's efforts in public affairs. CTPAA's Partner Award will be given out during the 2005 Beacon Awards Gala.

"The cable industry is committed to improving the communities in which it serves," said CTPAA President Peter Kiley, director of affiliate relations, C-SPAN Networks. "Partner organizations and individuals are often instrumental to the success of cable public affairs initiatives and their contributions should be honored."

The Beacon Awards annually honor excellence in cable public affairs. The 2005 Beacon Awards deadline is December 3, 2004. The Early Bird deadline is November 19, 2004, and allows members to save $50 off of every entry submitted.

During the two rounds of Beacon Awards judging, CTPAA will invite judges to nominate partners described in Beacon entries for a Partner Award. CTPAA will review all the nominated entries and determine which should be passed on to the Partner Award judging committee to review. This will be partially based on the overall score of the Beacon Award entry and the depth of the involvement and contributions of the partner.

CTPAA will announce the inaugural winners of the Partner Award and winners of the 2005 Beacon Awards during a gala ceremony and dinner on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at FORUM 2005, the cable industry's annual educational conference dedicated to the issues facing public affairs professionals. FORUM 2005 will be held May 1 to 4, 2005, at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. The 2005 Beacon Awards co-chairs are CTPAA Board Member Peggy Ballard, vice president, strategic communications, Scientific-Atlanta, and Brian Wirth, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable.

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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, go to

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