In accepting Fred Dressler Leadership Award Award, CNN chief Jeff Zucker says “The truth is under assault; We are certainly not the enemy of the people.”

Thursday in New York, WarnerMedia news chairman Jeff Zucker was honored with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award at the annual Mirror Awards ceremony, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Some of Zucker’s talent put together a tribute video, honoring their CNN boss.

“I said to him one time, ‘You are the only boss I’ve had who is ballsier than I am,’ and I really meant it,” The Lead anchor and Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper said of Zucker.

Chris Cuomo agreed: “He completely changed CNN.” He also ribbed him, saying, “One of his best skills is the ability to not seem as short as he actually is.”

Nodding to Zucker’s past comments about maybe seeking political office, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said, “The more awards he can get before his mayoral campaign, the better.”

“I’ve had this most blessed career, but none of it compares to the work we are doing right now at CNN,” Zucker said. “Sadly, the truth is under assault,” he said. “The press is under attack from the most powerful people in the world, and that is wrong and it is dangerous. These are the times that call for leadership. I am proud to stand up for the truth, I am proud to stand up for the free press. We are certainly not the enemy of the people.”

Zucker also apparently stepped in it when talking to New Day host Alisyn Camerota, who emceed the event. “I was gonna say that I love waking up WITH YOU every morning, but I want to say that I love waking up TO YOU every morning.” THR’s Jeremy Barr reports there were groans in the room when he made that remark.


CNN’s Christiane Amanpour awarded TV personality of the year

CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour was awarded TV personality of the year at last night’s 11th annual Association of International Broadcasting award show.

Amanpour’s colleague, CNN anchor Hala Gorani, was this year’s host of the AIB.

Former CNN host Larry King was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with CNN.

Simon Spanswick, chief executive of the AIB, said of King, “In recognition of his remarkable career on radio and television, and his extraordinary impact on the news industry, the Association for International Broadcasting is honoured to welcome Larry to London to present him with our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.”


Larry King presents Ted Turner Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys

CNN founder Ted Turner was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys on Monday night at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York. The award presenter was former CNN host Larry King, and King spoke at the beginning, before presenting the award, about how Turner hired him and what it was like working for the network.

King at one point pointed out that this award was “way long overdue.”

“Ted, the inscription on the Emmy reads, ‘To Robert Edward Ted Turner, a visionary whose founding and leadership of CNN, the first 24/7 global cable news network, revolutionized the world of television news, presented this September 28, 2015 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ – but to me, it should add to the Gutenberg, to the Da Vinci, to the Marconi, to the Alexander Graham Bell, to the Einstein, and to the Edison of this time, the greatest figure of the 20th century and the history of television, my boss, but more important, my friend, Ted Turner!”

Turner said he would probably live a few more years because of tonight.

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