‘B&C’ Hall Welcomes 20th Class

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New York — Regis Philbin had the pleasure of introducing
his friend Henry Schleiff , the head of Investigation Discovery,
into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on Oct. 27, sharing
a story about the reassuring message Schleiff left before Philbin
had recent cataract surgery. “Regis, don’t be nervous about your
eye operation, the doctor is really great — I know him because he
used to be my dentist!”

Schleiff ’s speech — “looking back over a career
that probably calls less for tonight’s recognition
than for restitution,” he said — was a
highlight of the 20th annual ceremony, which
900-plus attended, in black tie, at the Waldorf-
Astoria Hotel here to honor 11 executives,
NBC’s Today show and Procter & Gamble.

Philbin shared emcee honors with CBS sportscaster
Jim Nantz, who joked that the ceremony
was being exclusively telecast on Fox to Cablevision
Systems customers.

Cable-operator executives among the inductees
included Tony Werner, executive vice
president and chief technology officer at Comcast,
who noted how the cable platform has
grown over the years and “changed the way
we communicate.”

Landel Hobbs, Time Warner Cable’s chief
operating offi cer, acknowledged his company
peers, saying “I never forget that I work
for 47,000 people, not the other way around.
I wouldn’t be here without all those folks and
what I learned from them.”

Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports and son
of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay and newspaper reporter Margaret
Dempsey, noted his positions as the president of both CBS
News and CBS Sports allowed him to work in the most “thrilling”
and “worthwhile” milieus of the industry.

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