NEW YORK – ABC News president Roone Arledge will be honored by the Center for Communications at its annual award luncheon at the Plaza Hotel on Thursday.
Arledge will be presented with the group’s 1996 Communications Award by Henry Kissinger. Tributes to him will be given by luncheon co-chairmen ABC Inc. president Robert Iger, CBS Inc. president and CEO Peter Lund, Walt Disney Co. president Michael Ovitz and NBC Inc. president and CEO Robert Wright.
Guests will include Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Ted Koppel, Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Forrest Sawyer and Don Hewitt.
Creator of institutions
As president of ABC and previously as president of ABC Sports, Arledge has created programs that are considered TV institutions, including “Monday Night Football,” “Nightline,” “Wide World of Sports,” “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings” and “This Week With David Brinkley.”
A 36-time Emmy Award winner, Arledge has been recognized with nearly every major award in television, including being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
“Mr. Arledge is one of the most brilliant and creative people to ever work in the television industry,” said Alfred C. Sikes, chairman of the Center for Communication and president of Hearst New Media and Technology. “It is with great admiration that the Center for Communication salutes his commitment to quality, and the enduring example it conveys to all those who follow him.”
Last year’s honoree was John Johnson, founder of Ebony and publisher, chairman and CEO of the Johnson Publishing Co. Previous recipients include Ted Turner, Johnny Carson, Thomas S. Murphy, Katharine Graham, William S. Paley and Allen Neuharth.