WICT Hands Out Accolades


Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Tuesday announced the recipients of the organization’s 2008 Accolades awards, honoring Cox Communications senior vice president Jill Campbell as its “Woman of the Year.”

The 2008 Accolades will be presented at the 24th Annual WICT Benefits Gala Nov. 20 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. The benefit event will be presented by the WICT Leadership Circle, Comcast Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Time Warner Cable, MTV Networks/BET Networks, Charter Communications and Rainbow Media Holdings.

The Forerunner Accolades, presented to the “Best Programmer for Women in Cable” and the “Best Operator for Women in Cable” will be announced during the week of Nov. 16.

Campbell (pictured), senior vice president of Eastern Division operations for Cox Communications, has more than 26 years of tenure at Cox, serving more than 2 million customers in New England, Louisiana and Northern Virginia. She also leads the operator’s award-winning Customer Care function.

Other winners included:

-- “Woman to Watch”—Vicki Lins, senior vice president, marketing and communications, Comcast Spotlight. Lins oversees marketing, including brand strategy, advertising, public relations, creative services and internal and external communications for Comcast Spotlight.

-- “Woman to Watch”—Eileen O’Neill, president and general manager, TLC and Discovery Communications. O’Neill oversaw the strategic development of Discovery Communications’ Planet Green, the first 24-hour network dedicated solely to green lifestyle programming.

-- “Tribute Accolade: Documentary/Biographical”—ESPN for Fugees Family, the story of young people from tragic pasts who found a soccer coach and surrogate mother in Luma Mufleh.

-- “Tribute Accolade: Drama/Music/Variety/Comedy”—Lifetime Networks for Army Wives, the one-hour ensemble drama that chronicles the struggles, dreams and friendships of military families.

WICT is the oldest and largest professional association advocating for women in the cable and telecommunications industry, with 20 local chapters serving over 7,000 members across the country.