Eminent U.K. broadcaster Michael Parkinson will be the recipient of the 2005 Music Industry Trusts' Award. Parkinson, who will receive his award in a presentation at London's Grosvenor House on Nov. 7
Eminent U.K. broadcaster Michael Parkinson will be the recipient of the 2005 Music Industry Trusts' Award. Parkinson, who will receive his award in a presentation at London's Grosvenor House on Nov. 7, will be the 14th recipient of the award.
The title, presented in association with management consulting and technology services company Accenture, is given annually to an individual who has made a distinctive and lasting contribution to the British music industry.
It was won last year by Peter Gabriel, and previous honorees have included Elton John & Bernie Taupin, John Barry, George Martin, former BPI director general John Deacon and Ahmet Ertegun. The award has raised over £2 million ($3.6 million) for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT Trust.
Parkinson, who turned 70 in March, is recognized in the United Kingdom and beyond for hosting high-profile television shows for more than 30 years.
He is also being honored for his more recent influence in breaking new artists. With his predilection for adult-leaning, often jazz-oriented performers, he has championed a number of acts on his shows including Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua and Michael Bublé.
Originally a print journalist, Parkinson became a producer at the commercial British TV channel Granada in the late 1960s. He became the archetypal chat show presenter via a weekly program for BBC1 which began in 1971 and ran on Saturday nights for 361 editions until 1982.
Parkinson was awarded the CBE for services to broadcasting in 2000. He currently helms programs on national free-to-air network ITV and BBC Radio 2.