Pierce County TV – the county’s government access channel – won four programming awards last week at the annual meeting of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).
Pierce County News, a weekly summary of events and issues, won second place for News Series. The program is directed by Gregg McClellan and produced by Megan Hutton, and it feautures Nicole Sanchez as anchor. David Kellman and Ben Ramsey assist in the videography and editing. This program finished ahead of entries from Seattle, Rockville, Md., and Austin, Texas.
PCTV won three third-place awards for:
· The Community Awareness category for a story on the construction of Alameda Street, produced by David Kellman in conjunction with Linda Seesz at University Place Television (UPTV).
· The Public Affairs category for an “In District” program produced with County Councilmember Shawn Bunney about Lake Tapps.
· The graphics art package on PCTV.
Pierce County Television, operated by the Rainier Communications Commission, is the government access channel for Pierce County and some of its cities and towns. The channel is used to televise meetings of the Pierce County Council and the city or town councils in DuPont, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, and University Place, as well as the Port of Tacoma Commission and Sound Transit. Original programming includes the weekly news program, the “Rainier Country” news magazine, the “In District” program, educational videos and public service announcements.
The channel is seen on channel 22 on the Click! and Comcast cable systems, and on channel 76 on Rainier cable. A live stream of programming is available at www.piercecountytv.org as well as archived programs and council meetings.
The NATOA awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 730 entries submitted by local governments in 26 states and Canada.