of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications
3007 Tilden Street, N.W., Pod-P
Washington, D.C. 20008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2007
CONTACT: ERIC E. RICHARDSON, DIRECTOR
(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia's Office of Cable Television
and Telecommunications (OCTT) has been awarded two first place programming
awards, one second place programming award and one third place programming
award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers
and Advisors (NATOA).
Claiming first place in the Promotion of a City/County category
was Washington Full Circle - an all-access backstage pass to ALL
things Washington. This is the second time this OCTT program has
been recognized at a national awards ceremony. In August of 2007,
Washington Full Circle received The Videographer Awards' Award of
Excellence. OCTT Director and Washington Full Circle Executive Producer
Eric E. Richardson expressed gratification for the recognition and
noted "we've discovered and revisited a number of amazing places
and spaces in Washington, DC and hope that this production will
be seen as not only an entertaining half hour but as a tool and
resource for residents, tourists and tastemakers."
Also claiming first place in the Documentary - Event Coverage category
was A Bridge Beyond: 2006 Trade Mission to Africa - an exclusive
look at former DC Mayor Anthony A. Williams' historic trip to Africa.
A Bridge Beyond: 2006 Trade Mission to Africa documents the 2006
trade and cultural mission, and highlights the District's noteworthy
ties to Ghana and Senegal.
Collecting second place in the Event/Program Promotion category
was Washington Full Circle Promo: Uptown Downtown - a thirty second
high-energy collection of images and narration designed to pique
viewer interest and anticipation in advance of the premier of Washington
Picking up third place in the Public/Community Meetings category
was OCT TV-13's coverage of the DC City Council's February 10,
2007 Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on the "District
of Columbia Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007".
The winners of this prestigious national competition were announced
on Friday, October 5, 2007 in Portland, Oregon at NATOA's 22nd Annual
Government Programming Awards Gala.
NATOA's Annual Government Programming Awards recognize excellence
in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced
by local government agencies. NATOA received over one thousand two
hundred (1,200) competition entries from municipalities located
across the country, and it made its awards in sixty-three categories.
NATOA promotes community interests in communications. A national
trade association based in Alexandria, VA, NATOA represents local
government jurisdictions and consortiums, including elected and
appointed officials and staff, who oversee communications and cable
OCTT is the District Government Agency that manages the District's
Government Access Channel's OCTT TV-16 and OCT TV-13. The mission
of OCTT TV-16 is to provide information regarding the many programs,
services and opportunities made available by the District of Columbia
Government. The mission of OCT TV-13 is to provide gavel-to-gavel
coverage of the live and recorded activities of the DC City Council
and its various committees. Together these two channels are intended
to provide District of Columbia residents access to the activities
and processes of their government.
For more information regarding OCTT, please visit the agencys