| April 2
April 2 Netflix political thriller "House of
Cards" and jail house comedy-drama "Orange Is the New Black,"
along with a trio of HBO documentaries, headlined the winners of
the annual Peabody Awards, the oldest and one of the top honors
Public broadcaster PBS won 12 awards, including one for
"League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" about football's
long-term health risks and "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,"
which examined the Jewish roots of American musical theater.
The Peabody Awards recognize the best in television, radio,
Internet broadcasting, producing organizations and individuals.
A record 46 awards were handed out this year.
"House of Cards," which was the first online-streaming show
to win an Emmy award, was praised for Netflix's unique approach
of releasing all the season's episodes at once.
"Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated
the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time," the
Peabody panel said.
Netflix Inc's "Orange Is the New Black," about a
bisexual woman reunited with her ex-lover in prison, was lauded
for its "complex, riveting character study rich in insights
about femininity, race, power, and the politics, inside and
outside prison walls, of mass incarceration."
Alex Gibney's documentary, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the
House of God," about a Catholic priest who sexually abused
hundreds of deaf children earned a Peabody for HBO.
The Time Warner Inc-owned premium cable network also
picked up awards for documentaries "Six by Sondheim," on musical
theater composer Stephen Sondheim and "Life According to Sam,"
about a teenager with the early onset aging disease progeria.
The Peabody panel, which also honors international and local
programs, awarded a prize to Boston's WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio
for their "non-sensational coverage" of last year's Boston
Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt.
Other notable winners include Comedy Central's
racially incisive sketch comedy show "Key & Peele," AMC
drug drama "Breaking Bad" and ABC's political thriller
"Scandal" about a Washington, D.C. fixer.
International programs honored were Danish political drama
"Borgen," the Pakistani animated series "Burka Avenger" about
female empowerment and Philippine network GMA's coverage of
November's Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 6,000 people.
Longtime NBC news reporter and anchor Tom Brokaw, 74, was
given an individual Peabody Award for career achievement and in
particular for the his work on long-form news reports after
leaving the "NBC Nightly News" program in 2004.
A 16-member board of critics, experts, and news and
entertainment industry insiders select the winners of the annual
awards handed out by the University of Georgia's Grady College
of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York on May
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Patricia Reaney and