News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow will share top honors at the Media Institute's 19th annual Friends and Benefactors Banquet Oct. 6 in Washington.
Murdoch will receive the American Horizon Award, which is for "visionary leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of the media industry." McSlarrow, will receive the Freedom of Speech Award for his and the association's efforts to promote National Freedom of Speech Week, which this year is Oct. 18-24.
The Institute is a First Amendment and policy think tank supported by major media companes. Freedom of Speech Week was launched by the Institute in 2005 in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to promote support for free expression through community events, awards competitions, seminars, campus events, and encouraging individual expressions as simple as posting an online comment, applying a bumper sticker or writing a letter to the editor.