Reporting Suzanne Marques
BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves and CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer have been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts Hall of Fame.
Moonves and Schieffer were among six inductees to be honored during a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night.
Moonves, who first came to the entertainment industry as an actor, became president of CBS’ entertainment division in 1995.
Actress and longtime friend Mary Steenburgen, along with CSI’s Ted Danson, presented Moonves.
“He’s incredibly bright,” Danson said of Moonves. “And [he] still has that heart and soul of the actor that Mary [Steenburgen] knew.”
Moonves says he is proud CBS’ accomplishments and the experience he has through the network.
“When I started at CBS, which was 18 years ago, we were pretty bad,” Moonves said. “We were pretty bad off, and it was building it up step by step. And I’m really proud of what we’ve done, and the product we’ve put on. And I’ve had such a great ride working with the best people in the world. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Schieffer, who has been with CBS since 1969, also expressed his respect for the company.
“I love to work at CBS. CBS kind of started broadcast journalism,” he said.
Fellow honorees include filmmaker Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels and writer/producer Dick Wolf. Philo T. Farnsworth, who was credited with inventing fully-electronic television transmission, was inducted posthumously.
Past inductees include personalities and talents such as Walter Cronkite and Lucille Ball.