Awardee Profiles - 2005
Roger Ailes, Freedom of Speech Award
Glenn A. Britt, American Horizon Award
Roger Ailes, Recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award
Roger Ailes is Chairman and CEO of Fox News, and Chairman of Fox Television Stations. Mr. Ailes oversees all national operations for Fox News and serves as a senior advisor to Rupert Murdoch. Mr. Ailes also oversees Fox’s 35 broadcast television stations and Twentieth Television, a production and syndication company.
Prior to joining Fox News in 1996, Mr. Ailes was President of CNBC, NBC’s business news and talk network. He also was President of America’s Talking (A-T), which later became MSNBC.
From 1970 to 1992, Mr. Ailes owned Ailes Communications, Inc., a consulting company whose clients included three U.S. presidents, several senators and governors, and Fortune 500 CEOs. He authored You Are the Message (Doubleday, 1987), chosen "one of the year’s best" by the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Ailes’s television career took off in 1965 when, at age 25, he rose from prop boy to executive producer of the Emmy-winning "Mike Douglas Show." He returned full-time to television in 1992. Mr. Ailes is a native of Warren, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Communications in 1990.
In 1999, Mr. Ailes was awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2001 and 2002, respectively, he was named the Most Powerful Person in TV News by Electronic Media and TV Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age. In 2003, Mr. Ailes was named Broadcasting & Cable’s first Television Journalist of the Year.
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David J. Barrett, Recipient of the American Horizon Award
David J. Barrett is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. Prior to the 1997 merger of Hearst Broadcasting and Argyle Television, Mr. Barrett was a Vice President of The Hearst Corporation and its Deputy General Manager of Broadcasting. He had operating oversight for the company’s television and radio stations, and for its Boston-based production company.
Mr. Barrett joined Hearst in 1984 as General Manager of its Baltimore radio stations, and subsequently became General Manager of WBAL-TV before relocating to New York in his corporate position in 1991.
He serves on the boards of directors of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., The Hearst Corporation, Maximum Service Television, Inc., the Center for Communication, Inc., the Broadcasters’ Foundation, and the Television Operators Caucus.
Mr. Barrett is Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission’s re-chartered Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC II). He also serves as an Honorary Trustee of The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, and is a member of the New England Cable News Management Committee.
Mr. Barrett is a past chairman of the Board of Governors for the ABC Television Affiliates Association. He previously served on the boards of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, the International Radio and Television Society, the Advertising Council, and Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. In 2004, Mr. Barrett was named Broadcasting & Cable’s "Broadcaster of the Year."
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