Channel 16 Receives Programming Excellence Award

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Nov. 19, 2007

Channel 16 Receives Programming Excellence Award

Fairfax County Government’s Channel 16 was recently honored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) with its Government Programming Award. Channel 16 placed second for Excellence in Government Programming.

The national award was presented at NATOA’s annual conference in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 5. The occasion marked the first time that Channel 16 has received the NATOA Government Programming Award in the overall excellence category. The award covers the entire spectrum of Channel 16 programming, including government meetings, documentaries, magazine programs, informational public service announcements and programs about government services.

NATOA is a national trade association that promotes community interests in communications. NATOA represents government cable television stations, as well as officials and staff who oversee communications and cable television franchising throughout the United States.

Earlier this year, Channel 16 received additional national recognition from the Alliance for Community Media, which named “Senior Times: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” as the winner in the Seniors category of the 2007 Hometown Video Awards. The Alliance for Community Media is a nonprofit coalition of public, educational and government access cable stations that promote community communications and programs that are distributed on cable television access channels.

Since 1986, Fairfax County Government Channel 16 has received more than 200 national awards.


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