A sold-out Waldorf-Astoria grand ballroom of television's
top names turned out Wednesday night to honor 12 of the best in the business at
Broadcasting & Cable's 21st annual Hall of Fame in New York.
CNN host Piers Morgan and Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell hosted
the black-tie affair, which consisted of a cocktail hour and seated dinner.
The evening's attendees included Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav;
News Corp. COO Chase Carey; Turner's David Levy, Phil Kent and Steve Koonin;
Showtime CEO Matt Blank; Fox's Mike Darnell; and Time Warner Cable's Glenn
Britt, among many others.
Actress Betty White accepted the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, for which she
received a standing ovation. In her speech she remarked on those who have asked
her over the years if she prefers film or television.
"I'm a television kid. Kid, I use the word loosely," said White, who
will soon celebrate her 90th birthday.
Discovery's dapper Joe Abruzzese, only the second network ad sales chief to be
inducted into the Hall of Fame, reflected on his mentors over his more than 30
years in the business.
"We used to say that working for Mel [Karmazin, the former CBS CEO] was
like the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan," he joked.
Fox alternative entertainment president Mike Darnell accepted the award for American
Idol to close out the evening's festivities, thanking the show's producers
and past runner-up Lauren Alaina, who was in attendance.
"It's been incredible for me over the years," he said. "I was
part of it from day one."
For photos, video and more quotes from the event, check back at broadcastingcable.com on Thursday.