LOS ANGELES – Tuesday, September 25, 2018 –The Television Critics Association (TCA) voted overwhelmingly to rescind the Career Achievement Award bestowed to Bill Cosby in 2002. The move comes at the start of the comedian’s sentencing hearing on September 24, after he was found guilty of sexual abuse in April 2018. The revocation of the honor will be noted in the organization’s official online records.
For over 30 years the media organization of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada has recognized outstanding television programming and actors in a variety of categories. This includes the prestigious Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual who has influenced television through his or her work on the small screen. Cosby received that award in 2002. This marks the first time the TCA has repealed an award.
On the decision, TCA President and The Hollywood Reporter Television Critic Daniel Fienberg said:
“Since the inaugural TCA Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Grant Tinker in 1985, this is the first time there has been a groundswell to vacate an honor. It was essential that the entire membership have the opportunity to vote and the results were decisive.”
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The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.org; Facebook; and Twitter.
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