TV Acad fetes Oprah

Talkshow host to receive inaugural Bob Hope award

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has tapped Oprah Winfrey as org’s frosh recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

Inaugural nod will be bestowed Sept. 22 during the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Tom Hanks will be on hand to present Winfrey with the nod.

Established by ATAS’ board of governors, kudos was spawned in recognition of Hope’s charitable efforts.

“The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award is presented to a truly qualified individual in the telecommunications industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry and whose deeds and actions have had a lasting impact on society,” said ATAS CEO Bryce Zabel. “Not only does Oprah represent these qualifications through her extensive public and private philanthropic efforts, she is a lasting role model who has made a positive impact on society.”

Emmycast, hosted by Conan O’Brien, will broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

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