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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Allen City Television (ACTV) Wins 8 National Awards

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Allen City Television (ACTV) has once again been named among the best municipal television stations in the nation on September 26 when it received the prestigious Overall Excellence in Government Programming award at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference held in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to the prestigious top award, the city-operated TV station won 7 government programming awards, including 2 first-place wins.

ACTV won the Award of Excellence and first-place awards in Magazine Format Series for The New News and Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Stop the Grinch! Lock, Take & Hide. The station also took Awards of Distinction in Documentary for 1968-2018: Allen Police Department History, Promotion of a City for VisitAllenTexas.com and Awards of Honor in the categories of Public Safety, Editing and Partnership Production.

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local governments in the areas of communications, broadband and technology. Its annual Government Programming Awards honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received nearly 1,000 entries in 73 categories submitted by local governments across the country.

“At a time when the media landscape is changing like never before, the ACTV team of three, however small, continuously work hard to produce programming that is unique, entertaining and educational to our viewers,” said Mark Kaufmann, ACTV Executive Producer. “ACTV provides a vital public service with its transparent and accessible coverage of local government. I congratulate Video Producers Scott Evans and Jason Swiencki on their dedication to the station’s continued excellence. It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our colleagues in the field.”

Over the past nineteen years, ACTV has been recognized nine times by NATOA for overall programming excellence. The station – which competes in a category with government cable TV stations in large U.S. cities – was previously recognized with the top government programming award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

ACTV can be watched on Spectrum channel 16, AT&T Uverse channel 99, Verizon FiOS and Grande channel 15 or with live streaming or video on demand at www.allentv.org. Or visit and subscribe to ACTV’s You Tube channel www.youtube.com/allencitytv.

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