The National Television Academy to Present the Prestigious Trustees Award to Comcast Founder Ralph J. Roberts
NEW YORK - June 3, 2003 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today that for the first time in four years, it will present one of its most prestigious awards, the Trustees Award. This year's recipient, Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast Founder and Chairman of Comcast's Executive and Finance Committee, joins such luminaries as William Paley, Walter Cronkite, and President John F. Kennedy, among others, in receiving this award.
"Ralph Roberts personifies all the attributes that the Trustees Award was designed to recognize. He is not only an accomplished business executive but also a true pioneer of his industry," said Peter O. Price, President, the National Television Academy. "In addition to his business and entrepreneurial achievements, his dedication to community through public service and commitment to philanthropy makes him deserving of the Academy's highest recognition."
The presentation will be made at the National Television Academy's Annual Trustees Meeting during an honorary dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2003. Leading government officials and television industry executives from around the world are expected to attend. Media and business entrepreneur Ted Turner will introduce Roberts, and CNN's Lou Dobbs will emcee the tribute.
Comcast Corporation, the cable television company that Mr. Roberts founded four decades ago with a 1,200-subscriber system in Mississippi, recently completed the acquisition of AT&T Broadband to become the nation's largest cable television system operator, with over 21 million cable subscribers and 4 million high-speed Internet subscribers. The company's commerce and content businesses include QVC, Comcast-Spectacor, Comcast SportsNet, E! Entertainment Television, Style, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network and G4.
The National Television Academy, whose total dedication is excellence, is a professional service organization for all aspects of the Television, Cable and Satellite industries. Its symbol of excellence, the Emmy, is awarded in six major national categories including Sports, News/Documentary, Daytime, Technology, Public/Community Service and International (through its International Academy). Local Emmys are given in nineteen regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the Academy has extensive educational projects, scholarships, publications, and major activities of impact to both industry professionals and the viewing public itself. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.org.