TV Week examines the Peabody Awards

January 24, 2008 – 11:34 AM

Peabodys: In the Pursuit of Excellence recently appeared in the industry magazine TVWeek. Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards Horace Newcomb gives an in-depth interview about the history of the awards, the nomination and selection process, and the future of the awards with regards to electronic media such as podcasts.

Newcomb also recognizes the tremendously valuable resource housed in the UGA Main Library:

It is important to note that from the very beginning, in the wisdom of the people who were doing this, they kept as many entries as possible, not just the winners, but in our library at the University of Georgia we have probably 75% of all of the entries that we have gotten. We have over 50,000 titles of radio and television dating back into the 1940s. That archive is probably second only to UCLA’s Archive of Film & Television. We have everything in there from local stations to individual, independent projects to big network things. It’s there for research because we don’t own the rights. Lots of documentary filmmakers come to our library to do their research. People can come to the library and use the material there. It’s one of the very rarest archives in the country. We have the history of electronic media from the second half of the 20th century and we certainly have the social history and cultural history.

You may search selected years of the Peabody Awards Archive here. For more information about the Peabody Awards Archive, including hours and contact information, please visit their home page.

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