New York, NY, October 27, 2009 – Barbara Walters, world renowned journalist whose TV career began over 3 decades ago, will be presenting the Founders Award to Sir David Frost at The 37th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 23rd 2009, in New York City announced Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

“David Frost’s career started in the United Kingdom around the time Barbara Walters was starting hers, in the United States,” said Paisner. “The International Academy is delighted to bring Ms. Walters to our stage to lead this tribute to Sir David.”

Ms. Walters began her career on NBC’s Today show as a writer, and within a year became a reporter-at-large, developing, writing and editing her own reports and interviews.  Since then, she has interviewed some of the world’s most prominent leaders, including every American President and First Lady since Richard Nixon, including President and Mrs. Barack Obama.  Today, Ms. Walters’ remains a co-owner, co-executive producer and co-host of The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Talk Show.” Ms. Walters recently received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at The News & Docs Emmys, presented by The National Academy of Television.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Children & Young People; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to

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