Luciano Pavarotti says he was wrong to lip sync during a concert and will refund a share of what the BBC paid for the broadcast rights. The 57-year-old tenor said Wednesday he doesn't usually lip sync but he didn't have time to rehearse with the late-arriving cast of the Sept. 27 show in Modena, Italy. Hester Blott, a spokeswoman for BBC Radio 2, which broadcast the concert live, said it wants some of its money back. The amount paid was not disclosed. Italian newspapers said it was obvious Pavarotti was not singing since his lips were not moving in time with the recorded music. Good point. "If the BBC wants the money back, we'll give the money back," Pavarotti said. Promoter Tibor Rudas said it was a benefit concert and Pavarotti had no intention of reaping any profit.
Katharine Graham, the former publisher of the Washington Post, was honored last night by the Committee to Protect Journalists for her lifetime contribution to the newspaper business. Graham was honored by ABC news correspondent Barbara Walters, who said, "There is no woman in communications who does not hold her head a little bit higher because of you." Graham said she was honored to be recognized along with many other people who had risked their lives to cover the news. She said it shows "how little we have been called on to sacrifice." More than 500 figures from the media, entertainment and business fields attended the black-tie gala at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, where former hostage and Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson presented a special award to the widow of ABC producer David Kaplan, who was killed by sniper fire in Yugoslavia in August. Among the other journalists honored for their courage were: Sony Esteus, a radio journalist from Haiti; Gwen Lister, co-founder of The Namibian and the Media Institute for Southern Africa; [Muhammad Ali] al-Saqr, editor of Al-Qabas in Kuwait; and Thepchai Yoon, editor of Thailand's The Nation.