Media Institute Honors AMC's Sapan, NAB's Smith

Dinner will be held Oct. 22 in Washington

AMC Networks' President Josh Sapan and National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith will be honored at the Media Institute's Friends  & Benefactors awards dinner Oct. 22 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington.

Sapan is getting the Freedom of Speech award, while Smith will receive the Horizon award for "[leading] the broadcasting industy into a new and innovative era marked by unprecedented challenges from other content delivery platforms."

The Horizon award recognizes "leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications," while the Freedom of Speech Award recognizes someone "who has made important contributions to the advancement and protection of free speech."

Acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn is slated to deliver the keynote speech at the dinner, although it is unclear whether she will still be in that post or whether nominee Tom Wheeler will have been installed as chairman by then.