Peabody Awards to air on PBS and Fusion on June 2 with Rashida Jones hosting

The 76th annual Peabody Awards will air on both the broadcast network PBS and the cablecaster Fusion on June 2. The ceremony will take place on May 20 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York and will be hosted by Rashida Jones, a cast member of the Peabody Award-winning “Parks and Recreation.” These honors are bestowed by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

For the second year in a row, there will be 60 finalists from news, documentaries, entertainment, children’s programming, educational programming and public service. These five dozen contenders will be unveiled on April 5. The 30 winners will be revealed in a series of news releases beginning one week later, on April 12.

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In making the announcement of the TV deal,  Peabody Awards Director Jeffrey P. Jones said, “We are proud to join forces with PBS and Fusion in honoring the year’s best stories in television, radio, podcasts and digital narratives. Today more than ever, Peabody’s mission to highlight the most compelling and empowering stories and their impact on society is vital to public discourse. Broadcasting our awards ceremony to the loyal viewers of PBS and on Fusion’s burgeoning network is a wonderful way to showcase Stories That Matter.”

PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe said, “Acknowledging stories that matter is a core value of PBS, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring the Peabody Awards honoring the best-of-the-best in media to PBS viewers around the country.” And Fusion president Daniel Eilemberg added, “We are excited to be partnering with PBS and Peabody to celebrate some of the most powerful storytelling of the past year—especially those that elevate underrepresented voices and shine a light on untold stories of significance to the young, diverse communities we serve.”

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