Billionaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey has been chosen to receive the INTERNATIONAL EMMY FOUNDERS AWARD at 21 November's (05) 33rd INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS GALA in New York.

Previous honourees include Bill Cosby, Jim Henson and DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.

I-Emmy president BRUCE PAISNER explains, "The Academy presents the Founders Award to an individual or organisation which crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.

"This definition, though composed more than 25 years ago, seems to have been written with Oprah Winfrey in mind."

26/05/2005 03:29