Stephen Fry to receive Rose d’Or lifetime achievement honour
Stephen Fry is to received a lifetime achievement award at the European Rose d’Or broadcasting awards.
The prestigious broadcasting festival, operated by the Eurovision, announced today that the TV host and comedian would be receiving the honour, which recognises people who have made an outstanding contribution to entertainment across their careers.
Jean Philip De Tender, director of media at the European Broadcasting Union said: “Stephen Fry represents all that is best about entertainment broadcasting in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe.
“Not only has he entertained generations and made us laugh, he has also, through his documentary work, shone light on challenging issues such as mental health.
“It’s only fitting that the industry will show its appreciation for him in London on December 9th with an award that represents the gold standard.”
Fry said: “It does mean a lot.
“Since I can remember watching television, the Golden Rose of Montreux, and occasionally Lucerne, really meant something, and it’s always gone out of its way to recognise this particular kind of television, so if they’ve honoured me, then I feel exactly that – honoured.”
Paddy O’Connell – the host of this year’s ceremony – praised Fry, adding: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, the television business does have a habit of eating people up and spitting them out.
“And Stephen Fry has tried to remember to be good to people and also that the industry is made up of many, many thousands of people who don’t get the credit.
“For me, I’m pleased that someone who has tried to put in the occasional word for the work of others is being honoured in London.”
Fry recently announced he will step away from panel show QI after the current series, with Sandi Toksvig set to replace him.