Monday Oct 08 2012 2:05 PM
Pierce County Television, which provides information and transparency for local governments, was recently recognized in 12 award categories by a national industry association.
PCTV's awards included recognition for two of its signature programs: the seasonal news magazine "Rainier Country" and the weekly news program "Pierce County News." PCTV also won an honorable mention for overall excellence in programming - a category that is judged on the variety of programming quality throughout the year.
Local governments throughout the United States and Canada submitted more than 650 entries for the 27th Annual Government Programming Awards, hosted by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The awards, announced Sept. 29, honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming.
Overall, PCTV won four second-place awards and eight honorable mentions.
"Rainier Country," which features stories about people, places, programs and events around Pierce County, won second place in the news magazine category. Other second-place awards honored a public service announcement regarding 9-1-1 calls, a video about street improvements in University Place and a promotional spot for the weekly news program.
"Pierce County News" received an honorable mention for a special presentation on economic development. Other honorable mentions were singled out for a 9/11 anniversary special and a profile of the Medical Examiner's Office, among other things.
"These national awards show the valuable role that high-quality video productions play in building stronger, more connected communities," said PCTV General Manager Bill Oltman.
Pierce County Television is the government access channel for Pierce County and some of its cities and towns, under the direction of the Rainier Communications Commission. The channel is seen on channel 22 on Click and Comcast cable; 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 for Pierce County, University Place, Puyallup, Sumner, DuPont, Fife and Orting, among others.
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