Board of Supervisors Recognizes Channel 16


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551

Fairfax, VA 22035-0065

703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Jan. 9, 2006

Board of Supervisors Recognizes

Best Government Cable TV Station

At its meeting today, Monday, Jan. 9, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized the county’s government cable Channel 16, which was named the best government access cable television station in the nation by the Alliance for Community Media. It is the third time the county has won the award in the Overall Excellence of Governmental Access category, with previous awards given in 1996 and 1999.

The award covers the entire spectrum of Channel 16 programming, including government meetings, public service announcements and informational programs about government services. More than 1,500 entries were submitted in the contest this year from the United States and Canada.

The county also was an award finalist in the documentary event category for “Fairfax Prepares,” which profiled a mass-immunization drill staged at George Mason High School in October 2004.

The Alliance for Community Media is a nonprofit coalition of public, educational and government access cable stations that promotes community communications and programs that are distributed on cable television access channels.

Channel 16 delivers more than 850 hours of programming per year, including Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. News-to-use features are offered through award-winning shows like “County Magazine,” “Your Community, Your Call” and “Information Avenue.”

Channel 16 is available in Fairfax County on the Cox Communications cable system and in Reston on the Comcast Cable system. Fairfax County Government Channel 16 is also available on the Internet at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm.

For more information on Channel 16, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable, or call Michael Liberman, division director of the Communications Productions Division, at 703-324-5930, TTY 711.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.


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