Five cable shows made the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 best U.S. TV programs of 2006. HBO’s The Wire and Elizabeth I, Showtime’s Dexter, Comedy Central’s South Park and Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica will be feted at an AFI awards luncheon Jan. 10 in Los Angeles.

ROGERS CABLE DUO NAMED CTAM’S TOP RESEARCHERS

Martha Cronyn and Karen Connors of Rogers Cable in Canada won first place in CTAM’s Research Case Study Award Competition. Their winning work will be presented at CTAM’s Research Conference Feb. 7-9 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The competition recognizes innovative methodologies and execution of cable research projects. Second place went to Jo Holz and Anthony Fields of In Demand; third place went to Knowledge Networks’ David Tice and FSN’s Mike Norton.

COHEN AND DANIELS TAKE A BOW

Two Lifetime Television executives were honored on opposite coasts last month. Lifetime president and CEO Betty Cohen was a 2006 honoree at New York Women in Film and Television’s 26th Annual Muse Awards on Dec. 14. The annual event "honors the vision and achievement of women in film and television." In Los Angeles, Lifetime’s president of entertainment Susanne Daniels was given the 2006 Help Humanitarian Award at The Help Group’s 10th Annual Teddy Bear Ball on Dec. 2 "for her outstanding commitment to many philanthropic causes." The Help Group runs schools for children with special needs in the Los Angeles area.

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FCC Awards 2.5GHz Licenses to Tribes

The FCC formally granted 154 applications submitted through its 2.5GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. Those applicants will be able to use the 2.5GHz band to provide broadband and other advanced wireless

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