The Broadcasters Foundation of America has chosen the Hearst Television CEO to receive its top honor at a black-tie fundraising gala that will benefit the foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need.
David Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Hearst Television Inc., will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America with the 2013 Golden Mike Award on Monday, Feb. 25, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The black-tie fundraising gala will benefit the foundation’s mission to provide aid to broadcasters in need.
“David has been a vigorous champion of the foundation’s mission to help broadcasters who are in desperate need,” said Philip J. Lombardo, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “David’s exemplary leadership at Hearst, his commitment to the foundation’s charitable cause, and his dedication to community service have earned him this acknowledgement. We are proud to honor him.”
Barrett, who leads Hearst’s 29 television station group, has a career that spans both TV and radio. He first joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations, later assuming responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV Baltimore. In 1991, he was promoted to VP of Hearst Corp. and deputy general manager of broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company’s television and radio stations. He rose to his current position in 2001.
“Broadcasting has been a rewarding career, allowing me to be a part of an industry that gives back to local communities across America,” noted Barrett. “The Broadcasters Foundation is unique in that it helps those from within the broadcasting community. I would encourage everyone in this terrific business to learn more about the foundation, and help us help those who need it most.”
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