McGrath, Keenan Due ‘Accolades’

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MTV Networks chairman and CEO Judy McGrath and Comcast Corp. senior vice president of customer service Suzanne Keenan are the 2004 recipients of the Women in Cable & Telecommunications Foundation’s “Accolades” awards.

McGrath, named to the top job at Viacom Inc.’s cable-programming stable in July, was named “Woman of the Year.”

Keenan, who oversees customer-service initiatives for the top U.S. cable company’s 15,000 employees, was named “Woman to Watch.”

Programmers Home Box Office and Showtime Networks Inc. also received “Tribute Accolades.”

Time Warner Inc.’s HBO won for Iron Jawed Angels, a drama about the struggle to obtain the right for women to vote in U.S. elections. Viacom’s Showtime won for What’s Going On: Girls’ Education in India, addressing the difficulties young women have in getting a good education in many developing countries.

“Forerunner Accolades” -- presented to the “Best Programmer for Women in Cable” and “Best Operator for Women in Cable,” as determined by the PAR Initiative -- will be announced during the week of Nov. 1.

The PAR Initiative measures and supports the advancement of industry women against the following standards: pay equity, advancement opportunities and resources for work/life support.

Honorary co-chairs for the 20th Annual WICT Foundation Benefit Gala, Nov. 3 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., are: James Robbins, CEO, Cox Communications Inc.; Stephen Burke, president and chief operating officer, Comcast Cable Communications Inc.; Nicole Browning, president of affiliate sales and marketing, MTVN; Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable; and Carl Vogel, CEO, Charter Communications Inc.

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