Bono receives German media award

(image © media control GmbH)

Bono touched down in Baden-Baden on Tuesday to receive the Media Control 2005 German Media Award . He took to the stage accompanied by the Arcade Fire’s Wake up and was presented with the award by former German foreign affairs minister Joschka Fischer. Nikki Lauda, Boris Becker, Peter Maffay and other celebrities attended the event.

Media Control-chef Karlheinz Kögel said: ‘Bono is a crusader for Africa, who uses his fame and success to help people on that continent. He has made commitment his life goal, engages politicians and economists, pulls strings his own way and thus deserves to receive the German Media Award.’

Joschka Fischer ended his speech with a heartfelt: ‘Never stop, the world needs men like you.’

Award winners are chosen by a jury of German editors-in-chief who in their reasoning stated: ‘Bono talks about the emergency in Africa in a language that is loud and easy for alll to understand. In his speech for the World’s most powerful economic leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bono lashed out at the inhumanity of capitalism and the complicity of those in power to the death of thousands of children, who die from hunger in Africa each day.’

Previous Media Award winners are former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Nelson Mandela, Francois Mitterrand and Boris Jelzin, Yitzhak Rabin, Yassir Arafat, Shimon Peres, Queen Rania of Jordanien und Queen Silvia of Schweden, Bill Clinton, Gerhard Schröder, Rudolph Guiliani, Kofi Annan and Hillary Clinton.

Bono delivers praise and criticism in Denmark catches up with Bono on his visit to the Danish capital on Monday. He spoke to members of Børsen Executive Club on topics of free trade and social conscience.

Talking to Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidender at the Tivoli Concert Hall, Bono said: “Denmark has been to a great deal of help, but during the last couple of years there has been a lesser amount of aid to the developing countries. I am here to try and make sure the withdrawal is only temporary.”

After his speech, Bono took a few minutes talking to fans waiting outside the venue. Read the full report at

Red is the new black

Gossip mailing list Popbitch this week claims Bono, dining in the Michelin-starred Patrick Guilbaud restaurant in Dublin, was overheard talking about a red Amex card and red iPod for charity.

Popbitch doesn’t mention which charity, but U2 fans will recognise these items would be part of the Red campaign to heighten AIDS awareness as mentioned here on in the past.

The Edge is Lunson’s man at Sundance

The Edge is heading to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to support Lian Lunson as she premieres her film Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man to an American audience. In her film blog, Lunson writes:

U2 have been so supportive of this project and their participation in the film is beautiful. All the performers are incredible, such a great array of talent.