Robert L. Johnson Will Receive Highest Award Recognition In Media From The Library Of American Broadcasting

  Robert L. Johnson Will Receive Highest Award Recognition In Media From The
                       Library Of American Broadcasting

Bob Johnson Honored as One of This Year's Giants of Broadcasting

PR Newswire

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 16, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert L. Johnson, founder and
chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television
(BET), will be inducted into the 2013 Giants of Broadcasting Honors, an annual
distinction established by the Library of American Broadcasting that
recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in broadcasting and media. 

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In 1991, under Mr. Johnson's leadership, BET became the first African
American-owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In
2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom and remained the Chief Executive Officer
through 2006.

Today, Mr. Johnson owns or holds interests in business operations that include
automotive, hotel real estate investment, financial services, sports and
entertainment. In 2012, Mr. Johnson announced the successful creation of RLJ
Entertainment, Inc., one of the largest independent global distributors of
entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and
Australia with over 5,000 exclusive titles. RLJ Entertainment, Inc. marks the
third time Mr. Johnson has successfully taken a company public. RLJ Lodging
Trust, a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT), went public in 2011.

Mr. Johnson will be honored for his contributions in broadcasting and digital
media during an event that will be held this afternoon in New York's Gotham

Established in 2003 by the Library of American Broadcasting on the campus of
the University of Maryland, the Giants of Broadcasting has grown to be the
primary academic and professional resource in the history and the traditions
of the media. The Giants of Broadcasting events have in their first decade
honored 157 individuals and two broadcast series.

About The RLJ Companies: The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is
an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a
diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson
owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel
real estate investment trust, private equity, financial services, asset
management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video
lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda,
MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles,
CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies,
Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For
more information visit: For inquiries contact: Traci
Otey Blunt, 240.744.7858 or

SOURCE The RLJ Companies

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