Sir David Attenborough will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rose d’Or Awards, organizers have announced.
The beloved broadcaster, 94, will be honored in a virtual ceremony in recognition of his glittering 60-year career.
Founded in 1961, the Rose d’Or Awards celebrate achievements in entertainment programming.
Sir David is one of the most influential broadcasters in British TV history and is known for his natural history programs including The Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II, Dynasties and Seven Worlds One Planet.
He said, “Television has accomplished something wonderful worldwide by raising awareness of what is happening to our environment in people everywhere. If I’ve been a part of that and if this is a reward for that, well then, thank you very much. I am very grateful to you. “
Sir David will give a speech of thanks at the virtual ceremony on December 9, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar.
Previous winners of the special Rose d’Or awards include Maren Kroymann, the German actress, who has won her entire life.
Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones will be the first recipient of the Rose d’Or Emering Talent Award, with Ncuti Gatwa receiving the 2020 Performance of the Year award for his portrayal of Eric in Netflix’s Sex Education.
The shortlist for the Rose d’Or Awards 2020 was chosen by more than 80 international judges from across the television industry.
According to the organizers, it features entries from every major territory in the world in the 12 categories.
This year’s awards will include a category to recognize innovation in the era of Covid-19, with finalists from the UK, US, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Follow the virtual ceremony live stream to watch Sir David’s full acceptance speech and announce all Rose d’Or winners. Rosedor.com from 3:00 pm on Wednesday December 9th, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar.