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FCC Commissioner Michael Powell and Cable Leader Decker Anstrom To Be Honored at Media Institute Awards Banquet

FOR RELEASE: October 18, 1999

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


October 18, 1999

FCC Commissioner Michael K. Powell is the recipient of The Media Institute's 1999 Freedom of Speech Award. Decker Anstrom, former president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), will receive the Institute's American Horizon Award.

The awards will be presented Wed., Oct. 20 at The Media Institute's Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.

Special guest Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, will be the featured speaker. Communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley will serve as master of ceremonies.

Also slated to attend is Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.), chairman of the House Commerce Committee. Media Institute President Patrick D. Maines will present Rep. Bliley with the Institute's latest publication, Protecting Kids Online: What Industry and Nonprofit Organizations Are Doing, prepared in response to a challenge issued by Rep. Bliley in his keynote address at last yearOs Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet.

Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Com. Powell. Judith McHale, president and COO of Discovery Communications, Inc., will present the American Horizon Award to Anstrom.

Michael Powell, an FCC commissioner since 1997, quickly established himself as a vigorous and outspoken defender of the First Amendment. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes his contributions to the protection of free speech in that role.

Decker Anstrom joined The Weather Channel in August 1999 following a 12-year stint with NCTA. He served as NCTA President and CEO from 1994 to 1999, earning him the American Horizon Award for leadership in the communications industry.

The Media Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization specializing in communications policy. Through publications, conferences, and filings with courts and regulatory bodies, the Institute advocates a strong First Amendment, competition within the communications industry, and journalistic excellence.