When the Peabody Awards air on PBS and FUSION television networks on Friday, June 2, it won’t be the first time the ceremony has been on television. But the joint broadcast partnership will provide a unique opportunity for the University of Georgia and Peabody to tap into both loyal viewers of public broadcasting as well as younger, more diverse audiences found on the burgeoning cable network.
“It was an amazing night and we’re looking forward to sharing it with people across the country,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, director of Peabody. “There’s no better time to bring the power of truth-telling in media to the conversation and this year’s winners are a reflection of that.”
As host Rashida Jones noted in her opening monologue, “There are nobodies, there are somebodies, and there are Peabodys,” a nod to the distinction the award carries for journalists, documentarians, entertainers and storytellers across broadcasting genres.
In addition to highlights from the inspiring and lively celebration, the television special will feature interviews with winners. Celebrity guests included Lupita Nyong’o, who honored her friend Ava DuVernay for the documentary “13th.” Louis C.K. accepted for his groundbreaking drama “Horace and Pete” as well as for “Better Things,” which he co-created with fellow comedian and actress Pamela Adlon. And former-comedian-turned-senator Al Franken was the perfect choice to present to Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her co-star Timothy Simons for the satirical political sitcom “VEEP.”
Catch all of the highlights, including interviews with this year’s winners, in a television special of the 76th Peabody Awards Ceremony to be broadcast on both PBS and the cable network FUSION on Friday, June 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.