Bellevue Television's "It's Your City" program was named a finalist for 2008 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards. The show is a finalist in the magazine format series category, a category the program has won for the past two years (in 2006 and 2007) and placed second in 2005.
A segment of "It's Your City" featuring the city's Voices of Diversity program is also a finalist in the profile of a city/county department category.
A monthly show featuring city programs and services, IYC is produced under the direction of Tim Waters, city communications director; John Burwell, executive producer; Robin Steel Haaseth, executive producer/host; David Bruckner, producer/director and editors David Richardson and David Christie.
IYC was not the only Bellevue TV program to be distinguished. A police recruitment public service announcement produced by Mei Dayton-Celt is a finalist in the public service announcement category.
IYC airs several times each month on Bellevue Television (Channel 21), and can also be seen on the city's website. Bellevue TV is Bellevue's government access cable channel, featuring City Council meetings, arts, cultural, educational and other information for residents, businesses and visitors of Bellevue. It also provides coverage of the state legislature, local community events and special programming on issues of importance to residents.
The channel is operated through a partnership of the city and Bellevue Community College, who share the costs of operating a state-of-the-art studio facility. Student crews provide staffing support, while gaining hands-on training.
NATOA issues government programming awards each year to recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. NATOA receives more than 1,000 entries representing more than 150 agencies throughout the United States and Canada. The 2008 awards will be presented at the annual NATOA conference on Sept. 20, in Atlanta.
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