'American Idol’ to be Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame
Reality juggernaut joins the 2011 class
By BCST Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/18/2011 12:01:00 AM
“American Idol has been a broadcasting phenomenon from the moment it debuted, and it just keeps getting stronger,” said Bill McGorry, chairman of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. “This honor is richly deserved for a show that has had such an unprecedented impact on the entire industry.”
Producers and executives involved with the show reacted to its selection as a 2011 honoree.
Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol: “It’s always special when American Idol gets honored, and even more so when it is by a distinguished organization such as the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. This show has entertained hundreds of millions of TV viewers and music fans around the world over the last 10 seasons, and I’d like to dedicate this award to everyone who has helped us stay true to our pure ideal of discovering and showcasing the very best new singing talent in America.”
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Fremantle- Media North America and executive producer of American Idol: “This is an exceptional honor for all of us. It is quite extraordinary and rare for a television show to receive such recognition for its achievements alongside some of the most accomplished individuals in the broadcast industry, and for that we are truly grateful.” Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co.: “We feel incredibly privileged to be recognized in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Our entire American Idol team is honored to be a part of such a groundbreaking show, and we’re very thankful to everyone who has supported the series for the past 10 seasons.”
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