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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2006
Contact:  Michelle Butler
(202) 775-1082
mbutler@ctpaa.org

2006 Golden Beacon and Beacon Award™ Winners

Washington, DC During a gala ceremony the evening of March 21, the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) announced the winners of the 2006 Golden Beacon and Beacon Awards™, cable's highest award for public affairs excellence. CTPAA awarded the Golden Beacon, the association's highest honor, to Court TV's Unexpected Heroes. CTPAA also presented 73 Beacon Awards™, representing work by MSOs, cable systems, programming networks, cable associations and technology providers aimed at the community, customers, education, employees, government, media or cable association members. A list of the 2006 Beacon Awards can be found at the end of this release. The Beacon Awards Ceremony was one of many highlights of CTPAA's annual conference, FORUM 2006: Cable at the Crossroads: Shaping Change in a Competitive World, held March 19 - 22 at the JW Marriott, Washington, DC. John Salley, co-host of FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

CTPAA presented the 2006 Golden Beacon, awarded to a public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry and enhanced cable's image nationwide, to Court TV's Unexpected Heroes. This multiplatform campaign honors local heroes though programming specials, awards ceremonies and PSAs. The most recent programming specials featured heroes that emerged from Hurricane Katrina. Court TV also held an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, to honor "Heroes of Hurricane Katrina." The honorees, who were selected by the cable operators in Gulf Region hardest hit by the hurricane, Cox, CableOne, Comcast and Mediacom, were flown to Washington, DC, along with their families, and honored at an Unexpected Heroes Breakfast by their congressional representatives. The two other initiatives nominated for the 2006 Golden Beacon Award were the BET SOS Telethon and VH1 and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – A Partnership. The 2005 Golden Beacon was awarded to Lifetime Television's Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women.

In addition to the Beacon Awards and Golden Beacon Award, two other highly coveted awards were presented during the ceremony. Cox Communications, Baton Rouge is the recipient of the ESPN Good Sports Award for its Football, Food and Families. The award is given annually to a project that generates outstanding community involvement through education and athletics. Football, Food and Families was a unique, multi-media campaign to help feed the hungry in the Baton Rouge area. Cox partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Louis DeAngelo's Pizzeria Company and local high schools to combine the excitement of high school football with its effort to "Kick Hunger." Cox used 220,000 "Kick Hunger" schedule cards, one-stop Internet info and a snappy TV commercial that featured local high school students to develop an effective and one-of-a-kind campaign. The campaign collected more than 32,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. The winner of the Joel A. Berger Award is VH1 for its VH1 and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis – A Partnership initiative. Named after the former publisher of Cablevision magazine, the award annually recognizes an outstanding public affairs initiative that creates AIDS awareness in local communities. In July 2004, VH1 teamed up with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to create an unprecedented collaborative public education campaign designed to raise awareness about, and inspire action in, the fight against global AIDS. Working on the premise that the Global Fund is the world's "war chest" in the fight against the spread and devastation of HIV/AIDS in developing nations, VH1 created a series of provocative awareness spots. These public service announcements were part of a larger campaign, which continued in 2005 and included online resources and programming to educate viewers about the growing concerns currently surrounding this global pandemic.

In 2004, CTPAA created the CTPAA Community Bridges Award to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals that take part in cable public affairs initiatives and are often instrumental to the success of those initiatives. The 2006 winner is The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America ® is a non-profit coalition of professionals from the communications industry. Using a national drug-education advertising campaign and other forms of media communication, The Partnership exists to help kids and teens reject substance abuse by influencing attitudes through persuasive information. The cable industry proudly does its part to spread the Partnership's message by airing its public service announcements and hosting town hall meetings in communities across the country to build dialogue among community leaders, government officials, medical experts, and families.

Each year, CTPAA's President selects, and the CTPAA Board approves, the President's Award recipients, honoring individuals for the development and implementation of public affairs initiatives within their own companies and throughout the cable industry. The 2006 recipients were Tom Rutledge, chief operating officer, Cablevision Systems Corporation, and Debora Wilson, president of The Weather Channel, Inc. as the 2006 recipients of the Association's President's Award.

CTPAA received 456 Beacon entries this year, a 22% increase from the 2005 awards and evidence of the strong and continuing commitment by the cable industry to public affairs. Finalists and winners were selected after an extensive two-phase judging process in Washington, D.C., at the NCTA headquarters in January.

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 2006 and the 2006 Beacon Awards™, see www.ctpaa.org.

2006 Beacon Award™ Winners


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Here's the Scoop Staten Island

Time Warner Cable - Staten Island, NY


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

Football, Food & Families

Cox Communications, Baton Rouge , LA


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

2005 Time Warner Cable Tech Calendar

Time Warner Cable - Houston, TX


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; MSO

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Comcast - Philadelphia, PA


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network I

mtvU's Sudan Campaign

mtvU - New York, NY


Community ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

TV Land & Nick at Nite's Family Table…Share More than Meals

TV Land & Nick at Nite - New York, NY


Community ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System I

Enough is Enough

Charter Communications, Inc. - Long Beach, CA


Community ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

College Scholarships

Insight Communications Northern Kentucky


Community ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Road Runner Akron Marathon

Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio - Akron, OH


Community ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network I

"This One's For You" St. Louis Cardinals Telecast to Iraq

Fox Sports Net Midwest - St. Louis, MO


Community ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Mentors Walk: Creating the New Girls Network

Oxygen Media - New York, NY


Community ; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable Network I

Darfur Genocide PSAs

mtvU - New York, NY


Community ; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable Network III

TV Land & Nick at Nite's Family Table…Share More than Meals

TV Land & Nick at Nite - New York, NY


Community ; Video Promotion or PSA; Cable Network II

The N's Degrassi/PAX PSA

The N - New York, NY


Community ; Video Promotion or PSA; Cable Network III

TV Land & Nick at Nite's Family Table…Share More than Meals

TV Land & Nick at Nite - New York, NY


Community ; Programming/Series; Cable System III

Morgus the Magnificent

Cox Communications New Orleans


Community ; Programming/Series; Cable System IV

Troop Greetings On Demand

Comcast - Oaks, PA


Community ; Programming/Series; Cable Network II

Diálogo de Costa a Costa

Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network, Inc. - Brooklyn, NY


Community ; Programming/Single Program; Cable System IV

Economic Outlook 2006

Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ


Community ; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network I

Translating Genocide: Three Students Journey to Sudan

mtvU - New York, NY


Community ; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network III

BET SOS Telethon

BET - New York, NY


Community ; Print Materials; Cable System IV

2005 Time Warner Cable Tech Calendar

Time Warner Cable - Houston , TX


Community ; Print Materials; Cable Network III

Human Trafficking: An Educational Guide for Viewers

Lifetime Television - New York, NY


Community ; Web Site; Cable Network I

mtvU's Sudan Campaign Website

mtvU - New York, NY


Community ; Web Site; Cable Network III

Oh! Speak Up: Oxygen's Social Networking Tool

Oxygen Media - New York, NY


Customers ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Home Run in Southeast Texas

Time Warner Cable - Golden Triangle System - Beaumont, TX


Customers ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

Rebuilding A Greater New Orleans

Cox Communications New Orleans


Customers ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

Operation Bright Eyes

Bright House Networks - St. Petersburg, FL


Customers ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

VH1 and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - A Partnership

VH1 - New York, NY


Customers ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System II

Bresnan/Oxygen "Oh! Get the Money" Contest

Bresnan Communications - Purchase, NY


Customers ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Time Warner Cable Announces Caller ID on TV

Time Warner Cable - Rochester, NY


Customers ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network II

Franklin 's Magic Christmas on VOD: A Partnership with Noggin & Comcast

Noggin - New York, NY


Customers ; Video Promotion or PSA/Series; Cable System III

Rebuilding A Greater New Orleans

Cox Communications New Orleans


Customers ; Programming/Series; Cable Network III

Unexpected Heroes

Courtroom Television Network - New York, NY


Customers ; Programming/Single Program; Cable Network III

VH1 News Presents: Tracking the Monster: Ashley Judd & India.Arie Confront AIDS in Africa

VH1 - New York, NY


Customers ; Print Materials; Cable System III

Rebuilding A Greater New Orleans

Cox Communications New Orleans


Customers ; Web Site; Hardware/Software or New Technology Provider

SABrightideas.com

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. - Lawrenceville, GA


Education ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

S'Cool TV

Time Warner Cable - Los Angeles, CA


Education ; Full Campaign/Series; MSO

Internet Smarts

Cablevision Systems Corporation - Bethpage, NY


Education ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network I

Turner South My South Speaks

Turner Network Sales, Inc. - Atlanta, GA


Education ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

National Geographic Channel's Everyday Explorer

Fox Cable Networks - Los Angeles, CA


Education ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Comcast Presents Beethoven Unplugged

Comcast - Baltimore, MD


Education ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; MSO

Star Teacher Awards

Bright House Networks - Orlando, FL


Education ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Careers in Justice

Courtroom Television Network - New York, NY


Education ; Programming/Series; Cable System IV

Portraits in Courage: Honor the Memory

Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI


Education ; Programming/Single Program; Cable System II

Mamma Mia!

Time Warner Cable - Nebraska - Lincoln, NE


Education ; Programming/Single Program; Cable System IV

Time Warner Cable's Hang Tough Video Contest

Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI


Education ; Print Materials; Cable System IV

Ready for the Storm

Bright House Networks, Central Florida - Maitland, FL


Education ; Web Site; Cable Network III

The History Channel Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights Education Website

The History Channel - New York, NY


Employees ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System I

Comcast Volunteers Make Reading Toyrific

Comcast - Reading, PA


Employees ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Love Fest 2005 - Employee Communications Plan

Time Warner Cable - Waco, TX


Employees ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

Tri-State Employee Communication

Comcast Tri-State System - Pittsburgh, PA


Employees ; Full Campaign/Series; MSO

A Friend in the Digital Age

Cox Communications, Inc. - Atlanta, GA


Employees ; Full Campaign/Series; Hardware/Software or New Technology Provider

"Field of Dreams" for American Cancer Society

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. - Lawrenceville, GA


Employees ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Comcast "Idol" On Demand Contest - Employee Education

Comcast, Southern California - El Segundo, CA


Employees ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Mentors Walk: Creating the New Girls Network

Oxygen Media - New York, NY


Employees ; Programming/Series; Cable System IV

LINX Employee Television

Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ


Employees ; Web Site; MSO

TWC Connects

Time Warner Cable - Stamford, CT


Government ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

Comcast Local Edition Southern California

Comcast, Southern California - El Segundo, CA


Government ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System I

Bresnan/Starz Regional Operations Center Grand Opening Event

Bresnan Communications - Purchase, NY


Government ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Wells Elementary School Celebration

Time Warner Cable Raleigh Division - Morrisville, NC


Government ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; MSO

Media Smarts with Congressman Mike Ferguson

Cablevision Systems Corporation - Bethpage, NY


Government ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network III

Unexpected Heroes

Courtroom Television Network - New York, NY


Government ; Programming/Series; Association/Nonprofit

Cable's Got Florida Politics Covered

Florida Cable Telecommunications Association - Tallahassee, FL


Government ; Print Materials; Cable System III

Comcast Commitment

Comcast Tri-State System - Pittsburgh, PA


Media ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System II

Hurricane Rita Recovery

Time Warner Cable - Golden Triangle System - Beaumont, TX


Media ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System III

Verizon's NOVA Upgrade: Exposing the Hidden Truth!

Cox Communications - Herndon, VA


Media ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable System IV

2005 Time Warner Cable Tech Calendar

Time Warner Cable - Houston , TX


Media ; Full Campaign/Series; Cable Network III

Home of the Brave/Voting Rights Act

Courtroom Television Network - New York, NY


Media ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System III

Comcast-Utah Local Dating on Demand

Comcast - Sandy, UT


Media ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable System IV

Cable Heroes

Comcast - Bothell, WA


Media ; Full Campaign/Single Activity; Cable Network II

30-Second Bunny Theater on Starz on Demand

Starz Entertainment Group - Englewood, CO



Media ; Print Materials; Cable System IV

2005 Time Warner Cable Tech Calendar

Time Warner Cable - Houston, TX

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