Couric to Host B&C Hall of Fame

CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric has been named host of the 18th annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards dinner. This year's gala event will take place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria on Oct. 21.

“It is my great privilege to be hosting this year's Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, an event that for nearly 20 years both commemorates great television and honors television's greatest pioneers,” Couric says.

Couric herself became a member of the Hall of Fame in 2001. Among the honorees this year are her former Today show co-host, Matt Lauer, and one of her current employers, 60 Minutes.

“Having a personality like Katie Couric as host is the perfect addition to this year's powerhouse lineup of inductees,” says B&C editor Ben Grossman.

This year's honorees are:

Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News and Fox Television Stations
David J. Barrett, President and CEO, Hearst-Argyle Television
Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks
Glenn A. Britt, President and CEO, Time Warner Cable
Don Browne, President, Telemundo Communications Group
Bob Cook, President and Chief Operating Officer, Twentieth Television
Herb A. Granath, Chairman Emeritus, ESPN, Co-Chairman, Crown Media Holdings, and Vice Chairman, Central European Media
Peggy Green, Vice Chairman, Zenith Media
Matt Lauer, Co-Anchor, NBC News' Today
Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media
Josh Sapan, President and CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
'60 Minutes', CBS Television's investigative television newsmagazine

Beneficiaries of the event include the Broadcasters' Foundation of America and Cable Positive.