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B&C Picks 10 for Hall of Fame

The 14th Annual Broadcasting & Cable
Hall of Fame awards dinner on Monday Nov. 8 honors 10 of the brightest lights in the business—and salutes SportsCenter, the influential ESPN sportscast in its 25th anniversary year.

Says B&C
Group Publisher Chuck Bolkcom, "We are honored and excited by this year's class." Editor in Chief J. Max Robins adds, "Our honorees exemplify the best in the business."

To be inducted into the Hall this year:

  • William F. Baker, chief executive, New York Public Television, which owns WNET and WLIW
  • George Bodenheimer, president of sports
    giant ESPN and ABC Sports and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks
  • Stephen B. Burke, chief operating officer of Comcast Corp. and president of Comcast Cable, the nation's largest cable operator
  • Catherine L. Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, the nation's largest black-owned radio station group
  • Mario "Don Francisco" Kreutzberger, legendary host of Univision's Sabado Gigante
  • Jerry Lee,
    president and partner of Philadelphia's WBEB(FM), and one of radio's visionaries
  • Judith A. McHale, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, which grew from one channel in 1985 to 14 today
  • Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-COO of Viacom and chairman of the resurgent CBS, which he turned around from the time he arrived in 1995
  • Dick Robertson, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, whose powerful domain includes overseeing the syndication of Friends
    and Extra
  • Jeff Smulyan, chairman of Emmis Communications, an industry innovator who operates 27 radio stations and 16 TV stations.

In addition, for only the second time ever, B&C
will induct a television show—ESPN's SportsCenter—into the Hall of Fame. The sports-news program is no less an institution than The Simpsons, which was honored last year.

The awards dinner will be held Nov. 8, this year at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. For reservations and information, call Maggie Pritikin at 646-746-7068.