Morgan Murphy Media CEO distinguished as ‘Giant’ in broadcast industry

The president and CEO of Morgan Murphy Media received a prestigious television award Tuesday.

Liz Murphy Burns was distinguished at an event in New York as a 2018 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts honoree.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled,” Burns said during the The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s event. “I love our industry and I think it’s vital to our world. I love the people, what we accomplished together, how we moved our industry forward keeping us all relevant and I wouldn’t have done one thing differently.”

Burns became the first woman to serve on the CBS affiliates board in 1981 and has been CEO of Morgan Murphy Media for 36 years. The company’s roots in journalism date back to 1890.

Morgan Murphy Media CEO distinguished as ‘Giant’ in broadcast industry

Among the other eight honorees this year are award-winning actor Ed Asner from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” former anchor and producer and TV host Paula Zahn, TV and radio host Ryan Seacrest, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, Fox TV CEO Jack Abernethy, National Association of Broadcasters senior advisor John David, TEGNA CEO Dave Lougee and Crown Media Family Network CEO Bill Abbott. Founder and CEO of Zenith Radio Corp., Commander Eugene F. McDonald Jr. who died in 1958, received a posthumous award.

The Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts honors people who have been the creators, innovators, journalists, leaders, performers and producers who have “brought the electronic arts to the prominence they occupy in the United States and the world today, and who have set the stage for the future,” according to the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation website.

Morgan Murphy Media CEO distinguished as ‘Giant’ in broadcast industry

Morgan Murphy Media is a multimedia company with a long heritage of community service and industry leadership through four generations of family ownership dating back 128 years. Founded in the newspaper business, the company has always been forward-looking and today aggressively serves audiences and advertisers through a variety of electronic and digital offerings. It operates televisions stations in six markets covering 10 states in the Midwest, Northwest and Texas, and 12 radio stations focused in Washington and Wisconsin. The company also runs Madison Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication, and a digital marketing agency, Phase 3 Digital. Its news organizations are consistently honored with the most esteemed journalism awards in the industry. Since 2015, MMM stations have earned five national Edward R. Murrow awards from the RTDNA including the top prize for overall excellence.

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