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March 12, 2008
Contact:  Steve Jones
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Cox's Esser & Lifetime's Wagner to Receive ACC President's Award

Washington, DC –– The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) announced today that Patrick Esser, President of Cox Communications, Inc. and Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, Lifetime Networks as the 2008 recipients of the association's President's Award.

The President's Award recognizes leaders who, by their guidance and support, advance the role of communications and public affairs in the cable industry. The award, selected annually by the ACC president, honors individuals who have developed and implemented communications and public affairs initiatives within their companies as well as throughout the cable industry. This year, ACC President, Peggy Ballard, Senior Director, Service Provider Marketing, Cisco Systems, Inc. made the selections.

"Pat Esser is an outstanding leader who is taking bold steps to keep Cox Communications ahead of the competition while continuing to emphasize superb customer service to build brand loyalty. He understands community values and how a strategic public affairs effort and working with community leaders can favorably affect the bottom line," said Ballard.

"Lifetime Television is a leader in both programming designed for women and in addressing important public policy issues affecting women. Meredith Wagner has been the champion within Lifetime as it focused a spotlight on issues including breast cancer, violence against women, human trafficking and encouraging women to vote and even run for public office," said Ballard. "Many of these initiatives have created changes in public policy on issues deeply impacting women and have had the added benefit of producing solid business opportunities, strengthened relationships with local cable operators and long term alliances with grassroots organizations.”

Esser and Wagner will be honored during the Beacon Awards® Gala, on Tuesday, April 1 at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., during ACC's FORUM 2008, "ACCess the Power: Connect. Communicate. Transform." FORUM is the cable industry’s annual premiere educational event dedicated to the issues facing communications and public affairs professionals and will be held March 30 to April 2, 2008.

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The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry’s communications and public affairs professionals. Formerly known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA), its mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development. For more information on ACC, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org./

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