Pierce County TV's weekly newscast was named tops in the nation last week by a national industry group's Government Programming Awards.
The award for the program "Pierce County News" was one of four first-place finishes for PCTV, which airs council meetings and produces videos about people, programs and events for the county and six member cities.
Judges with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded a total of 17 “Government Programming Awards” to PCTV on Oct. 2. The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia, and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.
PCTV competed among 670 entries by local governments throughout the United States and Canada. Besides the weekly news program, PCTV also won first place awards for:
“Pierce County TV continues to serve as a national model for providing transparency and accessibility to our local governments and communities,” said Stan Flemming, a Pierce County Councilmember and president of the Rainier Communications Commission, which represents jurisdictions served by the channel. “We compete with excellent channels in Seattle, Austin, Tampa and other metropolitan areas, and these awards speak volumes about the quality of our community programming."
PCTV also won second-place awards for:
PCTV also tied for third place – with TV Tacoma - for the prestigious overall “Excellence in Programming” award. Rounding out the awards were 5 third-place nods and three honorable mentions.
Pierce County TV airs meetings and original community programming for the county and the cities of DuPont, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, and University Place, as well as other partner agencies and schools.
PCTV is available on channels 22/522HD on the Click! cable system, channel 22 on Comcast, and channel 20 on Rainier Connect. Programming is available on demand at www.piercecountytv.org and on the PCTV mobile app.
David Hinman, PCTV general manager