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Washington, D.C. – Stuart N. Brotman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (LAS).

Stuart N. Brotman is the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He served as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research/Media and Communication Studies, at the University of Helsinki.

At Harvard Law School, he was the first person ever appointed to teach telecommunications law and policy and served as a faculty member and as its first Research Fellow in Entertainment and Media Law. He also served as the first concurrent fellow in digital media at Harvard and MIT, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies, respectively.

Brotman is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook, a popular reference volume covering the broadcasting, cable television and telephone industries; Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition, a pioneering anthology dealing with technical, economic and regulatory aspects of broadband networks; and the author of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything, a best-selling management education book for radio and television executives. He also is the author of Communications Law and Practice, the leading comprehensive treatise covering domestic and international telecommunications and electronic mass media regulation.

BEA’s Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship recognizes significant contributions to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media. Recipients are evidenced by related extensive publication in books and leading journals, for at least twenty years. The LAS will be awarded to Professor Brotman at BEA’s annual convention at the Las Vegas Westgate during a ceremony and reception on the evening of Sunday, April 17th. He will be giving a formal presentation, “Creating Policy-Relevant Communications Scholarship” on the afternoon of Monday, April 18th.

About the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) – BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit for more information.
About the BEA Convention – BEA’s annual convention attracts 1,300 educators and students and is held in conjunction with NAB Show in Las Vegas every spring. Co-located at the Las Vegas Westgate, with 200 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA the largest conference partner of NAB Show.

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