ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The George Foster Peabody Awards' 73rd annual search for excellence in electronic media has begun.
Thousands of "Call for Entries" alerts have been emailed worldwide, supplemented by advertising in media-industry publications. Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in the calendar year 2013 are eligible.
The entry deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Entrants may apply online at www.peabodyawards.com.
The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in television and radio. Today the Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the Internet.
The 72nd annual Peabody Awards were emceed by Scott Pelley, anchor of The CBS Evening News and a multiple Peabody winner for his work on 60 Minutes, at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in May.
The 39 award recipients ranged from FX's ground-breaking comedy Louie to SCOTUSblog, a website that monitors and illuminates the work of the U.S. Supreme Court. The diverse Peabody winners also included the TNT police drama Southland, Smithsonian Channel's MLK: The Assassination Tapes, and Investigating the IRS, an expose by station WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.
International winners included Rapido Y Furioso (Fast and Furious), Univision's south of the border take on a bungled U.S. "gun walking" sting; Salat (Bone Dry), an unflinching look at hunger in the Philippines by the GMA Network; and the timeless British science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who.
The Peabody Award, considered the most selective and prestigious honor for electronic media programming, is unique in that there are no categories for entry or nominations. Entries are judged by a 16-member board that includes television critics, industry practitioners, scholars and experts in culture and fine arts.
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