This spring, the cable industry is not only getting a large chunk of the
Peabody Awards, but the ceremony itself, as well.
A&E Network reached a deal Wednesday night with the University of
Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to televise this
year's Peabody program. It's a first for the annual media honors, which are
considered one of the most coveted in the field. A&E will tape the ceremony
May 19 in New York and run it in June on a date to be determined.
An A&E spokesperson said the Peabody coverage will run in a
late-Sunday-afternoon time period, probably 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
As for this year's honorees, nine of the 31 programs cited came from cable,
involving seven networks.
Home Box Office was the only multiple-award recipient among cable services,
honored for Six Feet Under, Def Poetry Jam and The Gathering
Storm. Showtime will get a Peabody for Bang Bang You're Dead, its
critically acclaimed original film on gun violence in schools.
Cable News Network earned one for Terror on Tape, correspondent Nic
Robertson's report on how al-Qaeda instructs operatives in terrorism. Robertson
and CNN colleague Rym Bahrimi were recently expelled from Baghdad by the Iraqi
Turner Network Television and Courtroom Television Network picked up honors
for made-for movie efforts -- TNT for Door to Door and Court TV for
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe.
Rounding things out are ESPN's The Complete Angler, a tone poem on
fly-fishing, and BBC America drama Almost Strangers.
Barbara Walters will host the Peabody Awards event, co-sponsored by
Multichannel News parent company Reed Business