NBC’s Brian Williams and WOR’s Rick Buckley Named Giants of Broadcasting

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, on the job since 2004, was selected yesterday as one of the Giants of Broadcasting at a ceremony in Manhattan.

Williams, who grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, worked at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in his career.

Charles Osgood was honored as part of CBS’ Sunday Morning program. Osgood has hosted the iconic broadcast since 1994 when Charles Kuralt stepped down.

“We had an hour and a half, which is time enough to cover a lot of territory and you can devote a little time to things that otherwise you wouldn’t have time for,” Osgood says.

Rick Buckley, who ran WOR Radio as part of his privately-held chain of stations, was honored posthumously. His wife, Connie spoke emotionally about Buckley, who died in July.

ABC’s This Week host Christiane Amanpour (above), the longtime CNN correspondent, was among the inductees.

TVNewser has more from Friday’s event.

We have photos from the luncheon after the jump.

Giants of Broadcasting Inductees (l to r) John F. Dille III, Brian Lamb, Frances Preston, Brian Williams, Christiane Amanpour, Charles Osgood, Rand Morrison, Frederick Pierce/Wendy Moger-Bross
Brian Williams accepting his Giants of Broadcasting award/Wendy Moger-Bross
Broadcasting "Giants" Brian Williams, Christiane Amanpour, and Charles Osgood/Wendy Moger-Bross