of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television
3007 Tilden Street,
Washington, D.C. 20008
Wednesday, August 17,
CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057,
OF CABLE TELEVISION IN COMPETITION FOR TOP NATOA PRIZE
OCT Programs Also in Running for Honors in Their Categories
DC - Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that the District of Columbia Office
of Cable Television (OCT) is a finalist for the National Association of Telecommunications
Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 2012 "Excellence in Government Programming"
award. This is the most prestigious award NATOA confers each year.
this award would be an honor for the Office of Cable Television and a feather
in the District's cap," said Mayor Gray. "Congratulations to Eric Richardson
and the OCT staff on being recognized for their hard work in informing District
residents with excellence and creativity."
OCT's multi-award winning Washington Full Circle is racing toward the victory
line as a finalist for the NATOA 2012 "Promotion of a City/County" government
programming award and OCT's newest standout program, Q&A Café with
Carol Joynt, is a finalist in the NATOA 2012 "Interview/Talk Show" category.
Government Programming Awards (GPAs) recognize excellence in broadcast, cable,
multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. Categories
cover a variety of programming including community events, documentaries, public
affairs, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children's
issues. Celebrating over 25 years of programming excellence, the GPA's celebrate
the achievements of government programmers across the nation.
we are up against stiff competition, I am very hopeful the diligence and hard
work of the OCT staff will be recognized by NATOA," said OCT Director Eric
E. Richardson. "I am proud of the outstanding commitment and enthusiasm the
staff brings to the office each day and the excellent programming they produce."
Full Circle is an award-winning original OCT production broadcast on both TV-16
and NBC4 Washington. This high-energy, fast-paced, entertaining and informative
program gives its viewers an all-access backstage pass to all things Washington.
From music to theatre, fashion, travel, nightlife and everything in between, Washington
Full Circle highlights the latest trends in the District's people, places, things
and so much more.
Q&A Café with Carol
Joynt offers candid conversation with today's newsmakers in the dining room of
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the District's West End. Q&A Café with Carol
Joynt delivers to viewers the kind of informal-yet-insightful conversation that
can only happen in the dining room. You'll find no speeches - just free-flowing
questions and answers.
OCT offers both Washington
Full Circle and Q&A Café with Carol Joynt as podcasts and may be downloaded
to your smartphone and/or computer, free of charge, from iTunes and other podcasting
services and is transferable to your portable MP3 player.
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (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
For more information regarding OCT, please visit the