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Roger Ailes of Fox News, David Barrett of Hearst-Argyle Television To Receive Awards at Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet

Oct. 19 Event in D.C. Will Also Recognize National Freedom of Speech Week

FOR RELEASE: October 14, 2005

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
703-243-5700

 

Arlington, Va., Oct. 14, 2005 - The Media Institute will honor Roger Ailes and David J. Barrett at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Ailes will be honored with the Freedom of Speech Award, while Barrett will receive the American Horizon Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.

Ailes is chairman and CEO of Fox News, and chairman of Fox Television Stations. Barrett is president and CEO of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.

Alan W. Frank, president of Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Ailes. The award is given to an individual who has helped advance freedom of expression. Communications attorney Wade H. Hargrove of Raleigh, N.C., will present the American Horizon Award to Barrett. The award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications.

The black-tie event will also mark the first annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 17-23, 2005. NFSW is a joint program of The Media Institute and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.

Dr. Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver keynote remarks in observance of National Freedom of Speech Week. He will be introduced by NABEF President Marcellus W. Alexander, Jr.

The National Endowment is one of five partner organizations supporting NFSW. The others are the American Association of Advertising Agencies, American Bar Association, Americans for the Arts, and the National Constitution Center.

The banquet will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The Four Seasons Hotel is located at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in Washington. For information about purchasing a table of 10, contact Susanna Coto at 703-243-5700.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation in Arlington, Va., specializing in First Amendment and communications policy issues. For more information visit www.mediainstitute.org.