Larry-King-peabody-awards-hostLarry King, the long-time host of CNN’s Larry King Live and a two-time Peabody Award winner, will be the host of the 70th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony on Monday, May 23, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia did the announcement by saying: “Larry King has greeted figures of social and cultural significance throughout his career, and the roster of his guests reads as a chronicle of our times. Now he will introduce the Peabody Award recipients for 2010 and welcome guests as we celebrate the 70th presentation of the awards. No one would add greater distinction to this anniversary year.”

The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs will be announced via webcast from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on Thursday, March 31.

The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.

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