Cambridge Community TV Named #1 Public Access Station in U.S. for 8th Time


Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) has once again received the Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming Award from the national Alliance for Community Media in its Hometown Video Festival. This is the eighth time in CCTV’s twenty-one year history that the station has received this award, recognizing the diversity and quality of CCTV’s programming, as well as its relevance to the Cambridge community.
CCTV competed in the highest budget category, against much larger access centers in major cities throughout the United States.
Numerous CCTV producers also received high accolades in the festival: Project Documentary’s The Dames, about Boston’s roller derby team, placed first in the Sports Entertainment category; teens participating in CCTV’s youth program were also recognized: Josh Washington and William Sheffield for their original teleplay Homies, Julie Pan for King Open Extended Day Program, Cody Romano for Dawn, and Alex Ayabe for his music video Guarantee, which he produced at Cambridge Educational Access. Laura Asherman also received an Honorable Mention for her video You Contribute to Global Warming.
“This recognition from the ACM is a testament not just to CCTV’s impact on the community, but also to the dedication and involvement of our members who work hard to learn new skills and produce the programming that is shown on our channels,” said Susan Fleischmann, CCTV Executive Director. “I encourage Cambridge residents to learn how they can get involved here – who knows, you might be our next award winner!”
Cambridge cable subscribers can view a compilation of CCTV’s best programming from the past year at the following times:
Tuesday, July 14 5:30pm
Wednesday, July 15 4:30pm
Wednesday, July 22, 10:30pm
Saturday, August 1, 10:00pm
The programming can also be viewed at any time on CCTV’s website at

The awards will be presented on July 17, 2009 at the Alliance for Community Media National Conference in Portland, Oregon.
About CCTV: Established in 1988, CCTV operates channels 9, 10, and 22 on the local cable system in Cambridge. As a public forum for Cambridge residents, businesses and organizations, all programming is either produced or sponsored by Cambridge residents, and includes local news coverage, politics, music, cultural affairs, and international programming. As a community media center, CCTV provides a variety of ways for residents to become involved, including media production classes and groups, the Youth Media Program, tutorials in the computerCENTRAL computer lab, and much more.
For more information about CCTV’s recognition by the Alliance for Community Media, please contact Susan Fleischmann at 617-661-6900 ext. 127, or email .

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