The Banff World Media Festival today announced that Larry King will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd annual event, being held June 10-13, 2012. The Award recognizes an individual who has significantly enriched the world of entertainment with their lifetime contribution to the industry. Past honourees of the Award include Sir David Attenborough, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Edward Asner, Sheila Nevins and William Shatner.
Best known for his legendary eponymous talk show “Larry King Live,” the CNN program he hosted for 25 years, King’s broadcast career spans half a century of compelling one-on-one interviews with some of the most prominent international figures across celebrities, politicians and notable newsmakers. King has done nearly 50,000 interviews throughout his career in broadcast, including exclusive sit-downs with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford. He has won numerous awards for his work including two George Foster Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, one News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer and ten Cable ACE Awards for Best Interviewer and for best Talk Show Series.
“I am most appreciative of this tremendous award from the prestigious Banff World Media Festival,” said Larry King. “It is a wonderful moment to reflect on my career in broadcast and to share it with others making an impact on the industry today.”
King will also be featured in a one-hour interview session during the Festival, giving delegates an unprecedented opportunity to hear directly from this broadcast legend about his celebrated career.