The Peabody Awards, which honor broadcasting and online content, will be held in the Los Angeles area for the first time this year, organizers announced Tuesday.
The 80th annual ceremony will be held June 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It has traditionally held in New York City.
“Moving the ceremony to Los Angeles reflects the evolution of Peabody’s commitment to celebrating the meaningful and significant narratives about pressing social issues, right in the world’s capital of content creation,” executive director Jeffrey Jones said.
Jones told the Los Angeles Times it had become “hard to get the very, very busy creative people to fly to New York on a weekend.”
“By having an award show that’s convenient for the creative community to come to, it’s just going to allow for more people to be aware of the kind of good work we do,” Jones told The Times.
The 60 nominees selected from an expected more than 1,200 submissions will be announced in April, with the 30 winners revealed in May. All nominees must receive a unanimous vote by the jurors.
Winners traditionally are television and radio news reports, documentaries and entertainment programming. Podcasts have been among the winners in recent years.
The Peabody Awards were created when the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee in the late 1930s as radio rose in popularity to establish a prestigious award similar to the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in broadcasting.
Lambdin Kay, manager of Atlanta radio station WSB, asked John Drewry, dean of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, to sponsor the award, upon the recommendation of Lessie Smithgall, a graduate who worked at the station.
The committee named the award posthumously for George Foster Peabody, a Georgia native and successful investment banker whose philanthropic interests included the university. The first awards were issued in 1941 for excellence in radio programming released during the previous year.
The awards were later expanded to television, then cable television and online content.
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