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2000 Banquet Photos

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Master of Ceremonies Dick Wiley kept things lively.

Master of Ceremonies Dick Wiley kept things lively.

Institute President Patrick D. Maines is flanked by American Horizon awardee Robert L. Johnson (left) and Freedom of Speech awardee Jeff Bezos (right).

Institute President Patrick D. Maines is flanked by American Horizon awardee Robert L. Johnson (left) and Freedom of Speech awardee Jeff Bezos (right).

Tom Brokaw presents Freedom of Speech Award to Jeff Bezos.

Tom Brokaw presents Freedom of Speech Award to Jeff Bezos.

Rep. Rick Boucher.

Rep. Rick Boucher.

Rep. Rick Boucher (left) and NCTA President Robert Sachs.

Rep. Rick Boucher (left) and NCTA President Robert Sachs.

A Four Seasons touch: The Media Institute logo in a chocolate swirl.

A Four Seasons touch: The Media Institute logo in a chocolate swirl.

Tom Brokaw of NBC News and Media Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Tom Brokaw of NBC News and Media Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

FCC Chairman William E. Kennard (left) with Broadcasting & Cable¡¦s Don West and NBC¡¦s Tom Brokaw.

FCC Chairman William E. Kennard (left) with Broadcasting & Cable¡¦s Don West and NBC¡¦s Tom Brokaw.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos (right) makes a point to BET founder Robert L. Johnson as Robert Sachs of NCTA and FCC Chairman William Kennard look on.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos (right) makes a point to BET founder Robert L. Johnson as Robert Sachs of NCTA and FCC Chairman William Kennard look on.

Former FCC chairmen James Quello (left) and Dick Wiley.

Former FCC chairmen James Quello (left) and Dick Wiley.

The crowd filled the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.

The crowd filled the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.

October 25, 2000 - Washington's Four Seasons Hotel was again the venue for The Media Institute's annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet. This year's event, held Oct. 25, 2000, honored Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos and BET founder Robert L. Johnson.

Bezos received the Institute's Freedom of Speech Award for his role in building Amazon.com into a global bookseller. With customers in more than 150 countries, Amazon.com has been a leader in bringing authors and their ideas to readers around the world, at times over the objections of local governments.

Johnson, who founded Black Entertainment Television in 1980 and is now chairman and CEO of BET II Holdings, Inc., was honored with the Institute's American Horizon Award. That award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications.

Presenting the Freedom of Speech Award to Bezos was Tom Brokaw of NBC News. FCC Commissioner William E. Kennard presented the American Horizon Award to Johnson.

Special guest Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) of the House Commerce Committee gave the keynote address. Richard E. Wiley, communications attorney and former FCC chairman, served as master of ceremonies.

 

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