Walter Cronkite to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at History Makers 2008 Summit in New York January 17-19

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Executive Producer Bill Nemtin announced that
the legendary American journalist Walter Cronkite is to receive the first
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Board of History Makers:
International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers. The Board is
composed of Broadcasters and Producers from USA, Canada, The UK, Italy, and
Germany. Registration is now open for History Makers, taking place in New York
from Jan. 17-19. The Early Bird registration deadline is November 30. For more
information and to register go to
    For almost two decades Mr. Cronkite served as anchorman and managing
editor for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He was America's witness
to the major stories of the twentieth century including the assassinations of
President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy,
the Vietnam War, the Apollo 11 Moon landing and the Watergate scandal. He was
often named by pundits and polls as "the most trusted figure" in American
public life. Politicians, intellectuals and fellow journalists regularly
scrutinized every nuance in his nightly newscasts for clues to the thinking of
mainstream America.
    "It is truly an honour to be recognizing Mr. Cronkite with our first
Lifetime Achievement Award," says Bill Nemtin. "He upholds the highest
journalistic standards while communicating a sense of shared humanity with his
audience. There are few journalists who have had the impact on the public that
Mr. Cronkite has had over his career."
    History and current affairs' best will be honoured at an evening gala
where the History Makers board will bestow a Lifetime Achievement, as well as
an award for Best Program of the Year. The first ever Awards Gala, will host
industry luminaries from all over the world.
    "To be able to pay tribute to Mr. Cronkite with our first Lifetime
Achievement Award is a great privilege," says Michael Katz, Chair of the
History Makers Board. "We are thrilled that we will be able to mark the career
of this great journalist who has been such a force in our industry."
    AETN's The History Channel, plays host to this year's Summit. Leading
Commissioning Editors and programmers are confirmed from key international
broadcasters, including BBC, CBC, National Film Board of Canada, History
Television Canada, The History Channel, National Geographic, RAI, WGBH, and
ZDF. For more information on History Makers 2008 including a full schedule of
sessions, visit our website at

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