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Sumner Redstone of Viacom, Glenn Britt of Time Warner Cable To Receive Awards at Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet
Oct. 16 Event in D.C. Will Also Recognize National Freedom of Speech Week
FOR RELEASE: October 13, 2006
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Arlington, Va., Oct. 13, 2006 - The Media Institute will honor Sumner M. Redstone and Glenn A. Britt at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Redstone will be honored with the Freedom of Speech Award, while Britt will receive the American Horizon Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.
Redstone is chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS. Britt is president and CEO of Time Warner Cable.
Dan Glickman, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Redstone. The award is given to an individual who has helped advance freedom of expression. Decker Anstrom, president and COO of Landmark Communications, Inc., will present the American Horizon Award to Britt. The award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications.
FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell will deliver keynote remarks. Comm. McDowell was sworn in as commissioner June 1 after 16 years in the media industry.
The black-tie event will also mark the second annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 16-22, 2006. More than 20 organizations and educational institutions are joining The Media Institute to celebrate this national commemorative week.
Information about National Freedom of Speech Week, including Partnering Organizations, can be found at www.freespeechweek.org.
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 research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at www.mediainstitute.org.