Milestones and Awards

Becon TV's Past Milestones

  • 1966

    Established through Title I funds as Instructional Television (ITV) to provide programming for culturally disadvantaged students and in-service programs for teachers.

  • 1977

    Cable companies in Broward began to provide the school district with community broadcast time on a limited basis.

  • 1984

    Usage was expanded to general educational purposes for all students.

  • 1997

    Introduced video conferencing and distance learning via two-way, interactive, compressed video.

  • 2000

    Purchased community broadcast channel licensed by the FCC to provide non-commercial educational programming (WBEC-TV).

  • 2001

    BECON’s Broward Virtual Education (BVEd) secures license through Florida Virtual for Broward’s online high school.

  • 2003

    Broward Virtual School introduces the online virtual high school.

  • 2005

    Broward Virtual School introduces the online virtual middle school.

  • 2009

    Broward Virtual School introduces the online virtual elementary school.

BeconTV's Recent Milestones

  • 2018

    FCC Station Repack and Transmitter Upgrade.

BeconTV Awards

  • 2005

    BECON wins first Emmy Award for Science and Me.

  • 2006

    BECON wins second Emmy Award for Broward School Beat.

  • 2007

    BECON wins three Emmy Awards for Science & Me, It's the Write Time, and Celebrate South Florida.

  • 2008

    Broward Teen News, BTN, wins the Student Teen News challenge at the National Affiliates Convention in California.

  • 2008

    BECON wins four Telly Awards for On the Record, It’s the Write Time, Sports Blitz, and Broward School Beat.

  • 2008

    BECON wins Aurora Awards for Sports Blitz, Broward School Beat, and It’s the Write Time.

  • 2008

    BECON wins Communicator Awards for Broward School Beat and Science and Me. 

  • 2008

    BECON wins Ava Awards for On the Record, Broward School Beat, It’s the Write Time, and Broward Teen News.

  • 2008

    BECON wins Student Television Network Awards for Broward Teen News and Sports Blitz.

  • 2008

    BECON is a Pacemaker Finalist for the National Scholarship Press Association “Broadcast Award of Excellence” for BTN.

  • 2009

    BECON wins NATAS Suncoast High School Student Television Awards “Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mention” for Broward Teen News

  • 2009

    BECON wins the 2009 Silver Palm awards for outstanding and ongoing support and contributions to theatre community in South Florida.

  • 2009

    BECON wins The National Scholastic Press Association Broadcast Pacemaker, 1st Place - NSPA Broadcast Sports Story of the Year, and 3rd Place - NSPA Broadcast Feature Story of the Year for Broward Teen News

  • 2009

    BECON-TV productions, “Up Down & Around”, “Science Matters”, “Hall Pass”, nominated for five Emmy Awards in the categories: Children/Youth/Teens; Audio Live Post-Production and Set Design.

  • 2010

    Broward Teen News, BTN, wins Newscast Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science.

  • 2010

    Broward Teen News, BTN, named a broadcast Pacemaker finalist by National Scholastic Press Association.

  • 2010

    Broward Teen News, BTN, third place in Broadcast Story of the Year by National Scholastic Press Association.

  • 2010

    Broward Teen News, BTN, earns five awards from Student Television Network, including 1st place for Sports Feature Story, 2nd place for Sports Feature Story, 2nd place for Feature News Story, 3rd place for Spot Feature and 3rd place for Feature/Lifestyle Reporting.

  • 2010

    BECON wins Bronze Telly Awards for Hall Pass and Science Matters.

  • 2010

    BECON wins Silver Telly Awards for Broward Teen News and Up, Down and Around.

  • 2010

    BECON wins Aurora Gold Awards for Sports Blitz, Hall Pass and Broward School Beat.

  • 2011

    Broward School Beat, Up, Down and Around and Science Matters nominated for Emmy Awards. Broward Teen News collects two Student Emmy Awards.


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