Viacom Honored By T. Howard Foundation


NEW YORK -- Viacom, the operator of such diverse programming networks as BET, Logo and MTV Tr3, was presented with the Corporate Leadership Award by the T. Howard Foundation Wednesday night.

    The entertainment company, which operates 150 networks and 300 Web sites, was cited for its "inclusive workplace environment," more than 30 pro-social initiatives around the world and its employee outreach.

     Programs such as "Dora the Explorer" and "Ni Hao Kai-lan," in particular, were cited for showing young audiences "positive portrayals of diverse cultures and characters."

    Also cited at the foundation's 15h Diversity Awards dinner were Kenneth Lowe, founder of Scripps Networks and president of the E.W. Scripps Company, for executive leadership; and Char Beales, the president and CEO of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, who received the Champion Award.

    The assemblage at Gotham Hall also recognized the foundation's Class of 2007 Summer Interns. These included 38 college students placed at AETN, C-Span, Court TV, DirecTV, Discovery Communciations, ESPN, EchoStar, Fox Networks Group, GSN, HBO, Lifetime Netowrks, National Geogrpahic Channel, NBC Universal, Rainbow Media, Showtime Networks, Speakeasy, Speed Chjannel, Sundance Channel, Turner Network Sales, Versus, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and YES Network.