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America Online's Steve Case and Robert Decherd of A.H. Belo To Be Honored at Media Institute Awards Banquet

FOR RELEASE: October 28, 1998

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

 

October 28, 1998

Steve Case, chairman and CEO of America Online, Inc., is the recipient of The Media Institute's 1998 American Horizon Award. Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president, and CEO of the A.H. Belo Corporation, will receive the Institute's Freedom of Speech Award.

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

Special guest Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.), chairman of the House Commerce Committee, will be the featured speaker. Communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley will serve as master of ceremonies.

Steve Case, who co-founded AOL 13 years ago and built it into the world's leading online services company, will receive the American Horizon Award in recognition of his leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications.

Robert Decherd has advanced free speech principles as a media executive, official of several journalism organizations, and presidential advisory commission member. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes his contributions to the protection of free speech and press in those roles.

FCC Commissioner Susan Ness will present the American Horizon Award to Case. Leslie Moonves, president of CBS Entertainment, will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Decherd. Time Warner VP Catherine Reid will introduce Rep. Bliley.

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.