A man who has been a fixture in the news business since the 1960s will be honored at the upcoming News & Documentary Awards.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that it will honor William J. Small, former CBS Washington bureau chief and former president of NBC News, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Small headed the CBS Washington bureau from 1962-1974.
The NATAS announcement notes: "The CBS Washington bureau of the 1960s and '70s was one of the most distinguished in the history of modern broadcast journalism. Bill Small assumed control of the bureau at a crucial time in the evolution of broadcast news. Television was in the process of cementing its dominance over radio and print as the primary medium for news and information, and in 1963, shortly after Mr. Small’s arrival in Washington, the 'CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite' was expanded from 15 minutes to half an hour. This, coupled with the explosion of historic and newsworthy events of the era — the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Watergate — led to an increase in the demand for national television news coverage. Bill Small, as an extremely talented, powerful and effective bureau chief, ensured that the bureau and the network would cover the events of the era with distinction."
Small served as president of NBC News from 1979-1982, before moving on to United Press International.