Michael Ortman Named 2009 Richard Bodorff MHz Award Recipient

WASHINGTON, DC- The 2009 Richard Bodorff MHz Award recipient is Mr. Michael Ortman of Ellicott City, MD. Mr. Ortman is the second honoree of the annual award.
The Richard Bodorff MHz Award is granted to individuals who provide support to Washington, D.C. organizations focused on international and/or multi-cultural education and understanding.

As vice president of programming for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division, Mr. Ortman is responsible for supporting programming for the Division’s almost six million residential and business services customers.

In this role, Mr. Ortman helps manage channel lineups in a cost-effective and customer-focused way, ensuring contractual compliance and identifying and implementing changes to improve value for the Division’s customers. In addition, Mike played a key role in managing the broadcast digital TV transition (DTV), working with broadcasters and Comcast’s own engineering, marketing and communications teams to ensure a smooth seamless transition for all involved.  

Frederick Thomas, MHz Chief Executive says, “Comcast’s support of the MHz mission over the past 10 years is greatly appreciated, and we genuinely value their integration of the full 10-channel line-up of globally-minded MHz content into the Comcast systems.  Mike clearly understands the importance of this programming to Comcast customers, and has worked with us and his fellow Comcast employees to make this a reality for Washington area residents.”

Mr. Ortman has nearly 30 years of experience in the television and marketing arenas. He joined Comcast in 1996 as area director of marketing for the Baltimore Metro system, and shortly after was named as a co-recipient of Comcast’s “National Marketer of the Year.” Mike then served as director of programming and commercial development for the Maryland-Delaware region and, in 2002, joined what was then the Atlantic Division and was named vice president of programming.

Prior to joining Comcast, he ran his own consulting and programming distribution company, negotiating hundreds of television distribution agreements, including broadcast syndication deals and national contracts for programming on cable, broadcast and pay per view. Prior to that, Mike was one of the original employees at Home Team Sports (now Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic), where he was instrumental in helping grow the network from its start with 55,000 subscribers.

Mr. Ortman plays an active role supporting the industry and his local communities. Over the years he has been honored with numerous awards and recognition including the cable industry’s prestigious John R. Calvetti Award for industry service, and the WICT Lucille Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award, serves on the Board of the Arthritis Foundation, and supports numerous local and national causes of personal and professional interest, including serving on Maryland’s Foster Care Task Force from 2004-06.

Mr. Ortman earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Kate have six children -- including three adopted out of the foster care system -- and are expecting their first grandchild.

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