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Andrea Wong of Lifetime and Peter Chernin of News Corp. To Be Recognized at Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet

Oct. 21 Event in D.C. Also Marks National Freedom of Speech Week

FOR RELEASE: October 16, 2008

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

 

Arlington, Va., Oct. 16, 2008 - The Media Institute will bestow awards on Andrea Wong and Peter Chernin at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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

Wong is president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services. Chernin is president and COO of News Corporation.

Kyle E. McSlarrow, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, will present the American Horizon Award to Wong.  The award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications. Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Chernin. The award is given to an individual who has helped advance freedom of expression. Sen. Leahy received the Freedom of Speech Award in 1996.

Noted First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams will deliver keynote remarks. Abrams is a senior partner with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City.

The black-tie event will also mark the fourth annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 20-26, 2008. A wide variety of 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 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.