WICT Accolade Winners Named

Chantilly, Va. – Time Warner Cable’s Lynn Yaeger and Weather Channels Networks’ Wonya Lucas will receive the Women in Cable Telecommunications Foundation’s highest individual awards in November.

Yaeger, Time Warner Cable’s executive VP of corporate affairs, was named Woman of the Year and Lucas, the EVP and general manager of the Weather Channel Networks, was named Woman to Watch.

The 2007 Accolades will be presented at the 23rd Annual WICT Foundation Benefit Gala, on Nov. 15 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

Other WICT Accolades winners were: WE tv takes the Tribute Accolade in the Documentary/Biographical category for Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany and TNT/Warner Bros. Television gets the Tribute Accolade for the Drama/Music/Variety/Comedy category with The Closer.

Forerunner Accolades, presented to the Best Programmer for Women in Cable and the Best Operator for Women in Cable as determined by the WICT Foundation PAR Initiative, will be announced during the week of Nov. 12.

Yaeger oversees Time Warner Cable’s government and public affairs policy for cable systems currently serving more than 14.4 million subscribers in 33 states. Her responsibilities include the development and direction of corporate policy and programs designed to ensure effective relations with all publics including government, media and community bodies.

Active in cable since 1979, she received the NCTA’s 1996 Vanguard Award for Public Affairs, the cable industry’s highest honor.

Lucas was promoted in October 2005 to her current position. In addition to her previous responsibilities as EVP of strategic marketing and company strategy, she has assumed programming responsibilities for The Weather Channel, Weatherscan, The Weather Channel Radio Network, and newspaper syndication.

She joined The Weather Channel as EVP of Marketing in 2002.

Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany premiered in August 2006 on WE tv. Hosted by the China Beach star, the documentary profiles the young women sent half way around the world to serve in the difficult conditions of Vietnam. From the battlefield operating rooms to the hospitals in Saigon, this special reveals the emotional story of women forever changed by the casualties of war.

TNT and Warner Bros. Television’s The Closer demonstrates audiences are hungry for positive portrayals of women in strong positions. Entering its third season, the series ranks as ad-supported cable’s top series of all time, and has yielded a Best Actress Golden Globe for lead Kyra Sedgwick.

Audiences have found in The Closer a memorable crime drama and an ideal portrait of women working in a field that has in the past been dominated by men. The series also enlightens its audience to various issues of importance to women.

Kent Gibbons

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.