July 8, 2016
Company wins PSA and Programming Series categories
Anchorage, Alaska – General Communication Inc. (GCI) won two Beacon Awards from the Association of Cable Communicators this week sharing the top categories with fellow winners MTV and Turner Classic Movies. GCI won in the Public Service Announcement category for its work on a series of PSAs addressing suicide prevention and the Best Programming Series Award for the broadcast of “Football Town” in Barrow, Alaska and other Arctic communities.
As the largest telecommunications company in Alaska, GCI employees more than 2,300 Alaskans and is committed to supporting its employees and their communities across the state.
“Both of these entries represent the Alaska-born-and-raised spirit that inspires us as a company,” said Heather Handyside, director of corporate communications. “We’re proud to be recognized among some of the top names in cable for two projects that mean so much to us and to our fellow Alaskans.”
GCI’s PSA campaign about suicide prevention in Alaska, a state with one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, focused on inspiring and empowering Alaskans to recognize the signs of depression and suicidal behavior and to intervene. GCI partnered with several Alaska organizations including, Anchorage Rotary and Spawn Ideas, to produce and air a series of PSAs on local cable channels as well as its own GCI Channel 1.
Beacon presented GCI with the Best Programming Series award for the company’s work to air the NFL Network series “Football Town” in several northwest Arctic communities. The rural communities, including Barrow, the small, northern community whose high school football team was featured in the show, are outside the range of the NFL Network satellite broadcast. GCI negotiated with the NFL Network and was able to air the series on GCI Channel 1. Because of GCI’s actions, thousands of happy subscribers were able to view the series and root for the home team.
About ACCEvery year, the Association of Cable Communicators honors excellence in cable communications and public affairs. The list of 2016 Beacon Award winners also includes MTV, National Geographic Channels and Time Warner Cable, among others.
About GCIGCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com.