National Award Shines Light On Local GOV TV

The City of Albuquerque’s government television channel, GOV TV, was recently recognized by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) with an Award of Excellence during an annual conference in Tampa, Florida late last month. NATOA is a professional association which supports and serves the communications needs of local governments throughout the country.

GOV TV’s docu-series ‘Neighborhoods at a Crossroads’ depicts the vibrant culture and rich history of Albuquerque’s communities. The third installment of the series, which features the Barelas neighborhood, won the Award of Excellence for Documentary (operating budget $200,000 -$400,000). The episode chronicles the evolution of the Rail Yards and the impact that the railroad workers had on building the community. The piece was produced and directed by Anthony DellaFlora for GOV TV, and shot and edited by Charles “Bazz” McClain.

GOV TV’s “Neighborhoods at a Crossroads: Barelas”

“GOV TV goes beyond traditional government programming by telling the stories of who and what has shaped our city,” said Diego Lucero, GOV TV/Media Resources manager. “This national recognition shines light on the quality programming GOV TV produces for the community.”

In addition to the win, GOV TV’s coverage of Mayor Tim Keller’s State of the City Celebration and Address was a finalist in the Live Community Event Coverage category.

GOV TV’s coverage of Mayor Tim Keller’s State of the City Celebration and Address

The Barelas documentary stood out from more than 900 entries received by NATOA in categories covering a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’s issues. Among the awards with special significance are the “Excellence in Programming” awards which are judged on the agency’s variety of programming quality throughout the year.

GOV TV is the local government television channel for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. GOV TV provides real-time streaming video of local government programming 24 hours a day. Programming includes live coverage of government meetings, recorded news conferences, and a wide variety of locally produced TV shows about public services, facilities, employees, officials, and events.

The channel is currently operated by the City of Albuquerque Media Resources Division of the Cultural Services Department and is funded primarily through the City’s general fund. Additional funds and personnel are provided by Bernalillo County Government.

GOV TV is cablecast on Comcast channel 16 in Albuquerque and a few adjoining communities carrying the Albuquerque Comcast lineup and is available to stream on Youtube here.

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