Walter Cronkite to Receive News World Lifetime Achievement Award via Live Satellite Ceremony; Pamela Wallin, Canadian Consul General, to Make Official Presentation
(Banff, Canada, October 16, 2003)

A special presentation to Walter Cronkite, recipient of this year's News World Lifetime Achievement Award, will be made by Canadian Consul General Pamela Wallin during a ceremony transmitted live from New York to delegates attending the conference in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Cronkite, who was to originally accept his award at the conference, will now receive it in New York following his doctor's advice that he not fly to Dublin. Mr. Cronkite, who will be 87 in three weeks, has severely wrenched his back and doctors have recommended that he not fly for a month to avoid further disc damage.

The ceremony, transmitted live via satellite to News World attendees, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Dublin time) on Tuesday, October 21 following the News World Inquiry into the Iraq War. Upon the completion of the award presentation, Mr. Cronkite will carry on with a planned interview "In Conversation with Cronkite" conducted by RTE news anchor Bryan Dobson and will take questions from Dublin.

News World Event Director, Mervyn Hall, said: "We are naturally sad not to have Walter with us in Dublin but share his doctors' concern that one of the legends of TV news should make a full recovery."

Mr. Cronkite said: "I am disappointed to miss this rare opportunity to meet with such a distinguished group from our industry. I look forward to talking to everyone at News World using the medium that brought us together in the first place – television."

Voted the "Most Trusted Man in America", by a 1995 nationwide viewer opinion survey, celebrated news anchor Walter Cronkite has covered almost every major news event around the world throughout his career. A longtime news correspondent and anchor for CBS, he is the only journalist to be voted among the top ten "most influential decision-makers in America" and was named "the most influential person" in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report.

Pamela Wallin was appointed Canadian Consul General to New York in 2002 and has a long distinguished career in news journalism. She is one of Canada's most respected broadcasters and journalists with a career that has spanned print, radio and television. She was national political producer and commentator for CBC Radio; a reporter with Canada's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star; a longtime host of the country's premier television morning program, Canada AM on the CTV Television Network; was the anchor of the weekend edition of CTV's national news program; and went on to host her own series Pamela Wallin Live.

News World International is the world's premier annual independent news forum of the international broadcast community, created by journalists for journalists. It is managed by Banff Media Enterprises, a division of the Banff Television Foundation, the internationally recognized organizer and presenter of high quality electronic media events. For more information on News World go to

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Banff Television Foundation

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Banff Television Foundation

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