NCTA Shows Spirit Awards11/01/2008 8:00 PM Eastern
WASHINGTON — The National Cable Television Association doled out its Community Spirit Awards on March 28, honoring outstanding achievement in local and regional cable programming.
Awards were given in six categories:
Cable systems with fewer than 50,000 subscribers: Sunflower Cablevision, Lawrence, Kan., for airing 70 hours of community television each week.
Cable systems with 50,000 to 150,000 subscribers: Comcast Cable Communications, Southfield, Mich., for offering 4,750 hours of diverse, community programming in 2000 to more than 100,000 subscribers in Detroit's northern suburbs.
Cable systems with more than 150,000 subscribers: Cox Communications Inc. of Louisiana (New Orleans), for highlighting the community's diverse culture on local channel Cox 10.
Regional news network:
New England Cable News, Newton, Mass., which serves more than 2 million subscribers in six New England states. Last year, NECN's public-service campaigns helped raise $12.5 million to fight cancer and $30 million to help protect Maine woodlands.
Regional sports network:
Comcast SportsNet, Philadelphia, for extending its coverage beyond major-league sports games to include sports news and conversation. A companion Web site, comcastsportsnet.com, launched last year.
Regional community and public-affairs network:
Rainbow Media's The MetroChannels, New York, N.Y., for providing a branded package of channels created for New York City and surrounding communities.
Senior executives in the programming, MSO operations and public-affairs fields judged the competition.