Meredith Attwell Baker of FCC To Deliver Keynote Remarks at Oct. 6 Event

FOR RELEASE: August 27, 2010

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., Aug. 27, 2010 – The Media Institute will bestow awards on Rupert Murdoch and Kyle McSlarrow at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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

Murdoch is chairman and CEO of News Corporation, which he built into one of the world’s largest diversified media companies.  News Corporation is involved in cable, broadcast, and satellite operations; movie and TV production and distribution; and book publishing and digital ventures.  The American Horizon Award will recognize Murdoch’s visionary leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of the media industry.

Kyle McSlarrow is president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.  He serves as the cable industry’s primary public policy advocate in Washington, D.C., and represents the industry’s interests before Congress, the FCC, and the Administration.  McSlarrow will receive the Freedom of Speech Award for his and NCTA’s efforts in promoting National Freedom of Speech Week.

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will deliver keynote remarks.  A commissioner since July 2009, she served previously as acting administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The black-tie event will also set the stage for the sixth annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 18-24, 2010.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment.  For more information, visit the Institute online at