Television visionary Ted Turner will receive this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Thursday.
The award will be presented Sept. 28 at a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) as part of the 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The event will be attended by more than 1,400 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.
Turner, who entered the television business in 1970, originated the Superstation concept when he launched TBS Superstation in 1976. Four years later, he launched CNN, the world’s first live, 24-hour global news network. In recent years, he has devoted his time and energy toward promoting the use of clean energy sources.
“In my over 30 years of working in the television industry, there is no man that has made a bigger or more long-lasting impact on the world of television news than Ted Turner,” said NATAS president Bob Mauro. “His vision, leadership and flawless execution and launch of CNN was and is unparalleled in the industry.”
“Ted Turner is many things: an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a larger-than-life figure, a citizen of the world,” said David Winn, senior VP, News & Documentary Emmy Awards. “But perhaps his most important achievement is the founding of CNN. Cable television was the disruptive technology of its day, and Ted Turner was the single most important figure in the creation of cable news. We at the Television Academy are honored to present him with this year’s lifetime achievement award.”