The 70th annual Peabody Awards went to a record 39 programs on TV, radio and the web. These kudos, “which recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service,” are decided by a 16-member panel drawn from academia, critics and experts in the arts and are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
HBO Emmy champs “The Pacific” and “Temple Grandin” were among the scripted winners. The paycaster also showed four of the winning documentaries — “Burma VJ,” “For Neda,” ”If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” and”12th and Delaware” — bringing its record haul to six.
Other scripted winners were “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Justified” (FX) and “Men of a Certain Age” (TNT). Foreign fare that aired on American nets was also feted including “Sherlock” (PBS) and “Degrassi” (Teen Nick).
PBS aired nine of the winners including the documentaries “My Lai” on “American Experience,” both “‘LennonNYC” and ”A Letter to Elia” on “American Masters,” Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” on “P.O.V.” and “The Wounded Patrol” on “Frontline.”
The awards will be presented during a May 23 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham hosted by Larry King.