Wednesday October 12, 2005
Jerry Abramson announced today that two national broadcast-communications groups have recognized Louisville MetroTV among the country’s best for local-government programming.
Last month, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) presented MetroTV with two awards at the 20th Annual Government Programming Awards in Washington, D.C. In July, the Alliance for Community Media named MetroTV the nation’s top government cable channel in its budget category.
“We are excited to receive these recognitions for the dedicated work of our staff in providing our hometown with quality programming about their government and community,” Abramson said. “MetroTV is a means for us to provide information to residents about their hometown and to encourage people to become more engaged in their local government.”
The NATOA awards recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 1,000 entries from across the country with 160 agencies from 25 states receiving award recognition for their efforts.
MetroTV’s “AIDS: A Broken Landscape,” was named the nation’s third-best program in the library-programming category. The program provided a narrative of a special photographic exhibit hosted by the Louisville Free Public Library. MetroTV Producer Jeff Turner worked closely with Library staff to produce the video.
MetroTV also received an honorable mention for Overall Excellence in Government Programming for the $250,000 to $500,000 budget category.
Earlier this year, the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) named MetroTV the nation’s top government-access channel in the $200,001-$499,999 budget category. ACM’s highest award, the Overall Excellence in Government Access award was presented at the 29th annual Hometown Video Festival in Monterey, California.
In addition to the Overall Excellence award, MetroTV received two additional ACM awards. “Water Works: 150 years of the Louisville Water Company” received a national first place award in the Documentary: Profile category. The program provides an overview of the 150-year history of the Louisville Water Company and the role that the public water system has played in Louisville’s development.
A public-service announcement for the first phase of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement received an honorable mention. This award category recognizes videos less than one minute in length that promote a community event or organization or present a particular social message.
These awards mark MetroTV’s second consecutive year receiving a national first place award for programming. In the last two years, MetroTV has received four additional awards for excellence in local programming.