Santa Monica CityTV recently won three first-place STAR Awards at a conference held by the Southern California and Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA) and received news that it has been nominated for three Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards, CityTV announced Sunday.

Awarded for recognition of excellence in government programming, the STAR Awards are given by SCAN NATOA, a nonprofit organization serving local governments and regional authorities in the development, regulation and administration of cable franchises and other telecommunications systems.

CityTV’s professional live coverage of the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier collected the STAR in the performing arts category; the show “Tour de Feast,” a program that features host Michael Ryan, the Daily Press’ food writer, visiting various Santa Monica eateries via bicycle, snagged the STAR in the economic development category; and CityTV.org took home the award for best channel website.

The organization’s website, which offers live streaming of the channel 24/7, was lauded because it provides easy-to-read program and scheduling information.

On the Emmy side of things, CityTV garnered nominations in the public or municipal cable operator category for shows “Cheap Eats” and “Metro Motion,” and a public service announcement for the Pico Youth & Family Center made the cut for the PSA category.

The winners will be announced at the 64th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presentation Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

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