BET founder Robert L. Johnson to receive highest form of recognition in media
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Founder Robert L. Johnson will be inducted into the 2013 Giants of Broadcasting Honors, an annual distinction established by the Library of American Broadcasting.
The award is the highest award recognition in media.
In 1991, under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, BET became the first African American-owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom and remained the Chief Executive Officer through 2006. Today, Mr. Johnson owns or holds interests in business operations that include automotive, hotel real estate investment, financial services, sports and entertainment.
Johnson now holds or owns interests in business operations that include automotive, hotel real estate investment, financial services, sports and entertainment. He will be honored Wednesday for his contributions to broadcast media at Gotham Hall in New York City.
Many feel that BET is for black people, but also creates programming that promotes the exploitation of blacks. How should we view this award?
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