“MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” BECOMES FIRST SPORTS FRANCHISE TO BE HONORED BY BROADCASTING & CABLE HALL OF FAME
19th Annual Awards Dinner Set for New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Tuesday, October 20
NEW YORK, June 15 2009 – The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame – the premier industry event paying tribute to the pioneers, innovators and stars of the electronic arts – will honor “Monday Night Football” at its 19th Annual Awards Dinner, marking the first time a sports franchise has received this prestigious award.
“With its wonderful history of great moments and dynamic personalities all the way up to its current position as the biggest player in cable television, ‘Monday Night Football’ is one of the most storied franchises in American television history,” said Bill McGorry, Chairman of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. “As it prepares to celebrate four decades of greatness, we are thrilled to announce ‘Monday Night Football’ as the first-ever sports property inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.”
“”Monday Night Football’ has become an American institution, thrilling fans of the National Football League for four decades with exciting moments and memorable achievements that our dedicated team at ABC Sports and now ESPN have been honored and privileged to document,” said ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer. “As we celebrate the 40th season of sports television’s signature series, we thank Broadcasting & Cable for this distinguished Hall of Fame honor.”
“Monday Night Football,” now in its 40th year, will be honored at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, Tuesday, October 20, 2009. The 2009 Hall of Fame class takes its place alongside the over 300 luminaries who have been recognized in previous years by Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. Other new Hall of Fame inductees will include:
- Richard Beaven – CEO, Initiative Worldwide
- Linda Bell Blue – Executive Producer, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider”
- Pat Esser – President, Cox Communications
- Jorge Ramos – Anchor, Noticiero Univision
- Abby Raven – President and CEO, A&E Television Networks
- Johnathan Rogers – President and CEO, TV One
- Jack Sander – Senior Advisor, Belo Corporation
- David Verklin – CEO, Canoe Ventures
- Tony Vinciquerra – Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group
- Jeff Zucker – President & CEO, NBC Universal
Beneficiaries include two industry charitable organizations – the Broadcasters’ Foundation of America and Cable Positive. The Broadcasters’ Foundation of America is a safety net for radio and television professionals across the country. The foundation provides anonymous financial grants to those who are in acute need due to critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, an accident or other serious misfortune.
Cable Positive mobilizes the talents, resources, access and influence of the cable and telecommunications industry to raise HIV/AIDS awareness; support HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care; and strive to end stigma by creating a more compassionate climate for people whose lives have been affected by HIV or AIDS.