The winners of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards, honoring the best in electronic media, were announced this morning.
Winners included the following TV programs: CBS’ "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," : ABC’s "Modern Family," Fox’s "Glee," and two shows on HBO: "In Treatment" and "No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency."
The episode of Ferguson’s show that won the award had Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the sole guest. In giving the award the Peabody committee said, "As this fascinating, often funny interview attests, the Scottish-born Ferguson has made late-night television safe again for ideas."
In citing "Modern Family,’ the Peabody Commitee said, "This wily, witty comedy puts quirky, contemporary twists in family ties but maintains an old-fashioned heart."
In citing the reason one TV station, Chicago’s Fox station, WFLD won, the Peabody committee said, "WFLD got national attention with horrifying video it obtained of the beating death of an honor student [Derrion Albert] just blocks from his Chicago high school, but the greater feat was its comprehensive follow-up coverage of the suspects, the legal process and prevalence of similar violence."
To read about all the Peabody winners, along with the reasons they won their awards, please click here.
A number of documentary and news programming was also honored.
According the the Peabody’s website, "The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selection is made each spring by the Peabody Board, a 16-member panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts."