The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to a cable news icon on Sept. 26th, 2011, as part of the 32nd Annual News and Documentary Awards.
The honoree, Larry King, stepped-down at the end of last year as the host of "Larry King Live," which had a precedent-setting 25 year run on CNN.
King is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the singular host of a program on one network and in one time slot for the most number of years.
King, who is still doing periodic specials for CNN, has interviewed an astonishing 50,000 people over his career, which spans radio as well as TV. Before joining CNN in 1985, King was the host of the popular syndicated radio program "The Larry King Show."
The News and Doc Emmy Awards presentation, during which King will be honored, will take place this year at the Frederick P. Rose Hall–home of jazz at Lincoln Center–which is located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Square in New York City.
In a statement NATAS says, "Larry King came into peoples’ homes every night for half a century, and for the past 25 years was a dominant force in cable news programming. With his global reach on radio and television, his unmatched roster of guests and topics, and his authentic engagement with his listeners and viewers, Larry King changed the landscape of cable television, and television news in general. King stepped down as host of Larry King Live in December of 2010, but continues to host specials for CNN. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is honored to pay tribute to Larry King for his remarkable, influential, and ongoing career."
The NATAS statement also notes, "King has used his program as a vehicle to help raise awareness and money for worthwhile causes, including hosting telethons for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast Oil Spill and the Haiti earthquake. Off air, King has given time and money to charitable organizations. King founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988, which has raised over $15 million, providing life-saving cardiac procedures for more than 1500 people, and 10,000 heart screenings for needy children and adults. King also established a $1 million journalism scholarship at George Washington University’s School of Media and affairs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds."