for Immediate Release
Government of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television & Telecommunications
3007 Tilden Street, N.W.; Pod-P
Washington, D.C. 20008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
CONTACT: JAMES D. BROWN, JR., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ERIC RICHARDSON, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Tony Brown's Journal
Comes To OCTT!
(Washington, DC) The Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications
(OCTT) beginning August 2, 2006 will serve as the new production
facility for the Tony Brown's Journal show. Tony Brown's Journal,
the longest-running public-affairs series on PBS, features guest
discussions, commentaries and documentaries pertaining to issues
of importance to diverse racial groups in America.
"This partnership is a part of Mayor Anthony A. Williams'
business development initiative that benefits District residents,
while creating jobs, internships and improving OCTT's overall operations,"
said Executive Director, James D. Brown Jr. "We are excited
and eager to build on this and other partnerships." Through
OCTT's business development initiative, OCTT will offer production
and post production services to District of Columbia residents,
as well as, industry professionals, private television organizations,
academic institutions and other third party organizations.
OCTT's will provide Tony Brown's Journal, as well as future clients,
with a state-of-the-art studio production facilities, editing suites,
graphic design software, duplication equipment, audio recording
equipment and a fully operational mobile production truck. OCTT
is creating an environment where potential customers can capture
the quality and nature of OCTT's capabilities and be assured that
they can effectively realize their media goals.
Most significantly, OCTT's business development initiative will
generate revenue from OCTT's capabilities without increasing costs
or affecting OCTT's primary missions of regulation and programming.
Revenue generated by the business development initiative will go
to the District's General Fund, as well as, reinvestment into OCTT's
Tony Brown's Journal was selected by the New York Daily News as
one of the top 10 television shows of all time that presents positive
Black images. The series was the only current program ranked in
the top 10. The production has also received a nomination for an
NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding News, Talk or Information
Series/Special.". Tony Brown was inducted into the National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' prestigious Silver Circle.
With this honor, he joins such television icons as Walter Cronkite
who "have made enduring contributions to the vitality of the
television industry and set the highest standards of achievement
for all to emulate."
OCTT is the District Government Agency that manages the District's
Government Access Channel's City Cable 16 and City Cable 13. The
mission of City Cable 16 is to provide information regarding the
many programs, services and opportunities made available by the
District of Columbia Government. The mission of City Cable 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 on OCTT, visit the agency's website at
For more information on Tony Brown, visit his website