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SCVTV a triple winner in STAR awards for excellence

Posted: June 4, 2010 1:52 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2010 1:38 p.m.

For the second consecutive year, SCVTV was a triple winner in the major annual awards competition among community television channels in California and Nevada.

Results for the 2010 STAR Awards were announced Thursday in Long Beach by SCAN NATOA, the association of local government television professionals.

"It is an honor again to be recognized by our peers," SCVTV President Leon Worden said. "It is affirmation that we have a highly talented staff and awesome volunteers who strive to provide top-level service to the Santa Clarita Valley."

SCVTV, which operates the Santa Clarita Valley's only local television channel, was honored for excellence in three categories: local television website, election coverage and documentary profile.

The county of Los Angeles also received honors for television series that appear on SCVTV.

Over the past year, SCVTV expanded its website with a live feed of the channel. In addition, every show that runs on television is permanently available on for 24/7 on-demand viewing.

"Now that we stream the channel online, everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley and the rest of the world can watch the same thing that's on TV, even if they don't have cable," Worden said.

Television viewers can see SCVTV on Time Warner Cable Channel 20 and AT&T U-verse 99/Santa Clarita. Satellite companies do not carry community television channels.

SCVTV was acknowledged for its coverage of the 2009 Hart School Board candidates forum, which SCVTV co-hosted with The Signal newspaper and KHTS AM-1220 radio.

In the documentary profile category, SCVTV received kudos for "James Dean's Final Ride," which SCVTV co-produced with the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. The program explored the longstanding question of whether the young movie star stopped in Santa Clarita along his 1955 ride into infamy. It included exclusive, on-location interviews with all three CHP officers who encountered Dean that day: the officer who ticketed him coming down the Grapevine and both crash-scene investigators.

"Thanks to the Internet and specifically, our James Dean documentary was one of our most-watched shows nationwide in 2009," Worden said.

Thus far this year, he said, that distinction goes to an interview program featuring actor James Arness of "Gunsmoke" fame.

The County of Los Angeles took home STAR awards for its series "LA Now" and "LA Art Zone" and for various public service announcements. County programming is produced by CityTV of Santa Monica and is televised on SCVTV.

About SCVTV:
SCVTV is a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit corporation. SCVTV operates the Santa Clarita Valley's public television channel under contract with the City of Santa Clarita. On or about July 1, governmental authority over SCVTV's contract will transfer from the City of Santa Clarita to the Santa Clarita Public Television Authority, which is a consortium of the City of Santa Clarita, the William S. Hart Union High School District and the Saugus Union School District. Membership in the consortium is open to all public agencies that serve the Santa Clarita Valley.

SCAN NATOA is the States of California and Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.


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