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  • BBC Television for Promotion of International Understanding Through Television, Coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
    1953
    BBC Television for Promotion of International Understanding Through Television, Coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

    Institutional Award: BBC Television for Promotion of International Understanding Through Television, Coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The maximum congregation of Westminster Abbey is 40,000. Because of the superb planning and matchless skill of the British Broadcasting Company, more than 100,000,000 persons throughout the world were able to view and participate in the impressive coronation ceremony to greater advantage than most of those physically present. Additional millions heard the vivid descriptions of this historic event. This presentation reminded people everywhere of the majesty and fidelity of the British people and their devotion to the crown.... read more

  • Camera Three
    1953
    Camera Three

    Camera Three is a stimulating, instructive, quiet and civilized program produced by WCBS-TV, New York, in cooperation with the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York. Camera Three set out, in its own words, “to put fact and conception together and to use the tremendous potential of the television camera in exploring the realities of man and his world, his arts and sciences, his ideas, his problems, his relationships to himself, to other men and to his world.” This is a large order, but Camera Three has mightily succeeded. We recall, especially, fine programs devoted... read more

  • Cavalcade of Books
    1953
    Cavalcade of Books

    The Peabody Awards Committee dismisses as piffle the theory that, because of television, fewer good books are being read in America. There is no substitute for really good books. Television, as a matter of fact, can materially help to spread the word about the joys of reading, and Cavalcade of Books is an excellent example of just how this can be accomplished. Produced by expert showmen, backed solidly by the book-selling fraternity of California and the leading publishers of America, Cavalcade of Books on KNXT is now being watched by upward of 350,000 people a week. The Peabody Committee (three... read more

  • Institutional Award: WBAW Radio, “Church of Your Choice,” for Public Service by a Local Station
    1953
    Institutional Award: WBAW Radio, “Church of Your Choice,” for Public Service by a Local Station

    WBAW’s Church of Your Choice, presented in cooperation with religious leaders in its listening area, was a new and attractive concept in religious broadcasting during 1953. Local ministers, as newscasters and commentators, relate their particular church, its members, and its activities to the larger life of the whole community. This unique series extended and strengthened the local usefulness of WBAW, but it was but one of several public services to which this station attributes the acceptance, goodwill, and support which it enjoys in the Barnwell, South Carolina area—and for which the George Foster Peabody Award for public service by a... read more

  • Institutional Award: WSB Radio and Television, “Removing the Rust From Radio” and “You and Your Health,” for Public Service by a Regional Radio-Television Station
    1953
    Institutional Award: WSB Radio and Television, “Removing the Rust From Radio” and “You and Your Health,” for Public Service by a Regional Radio-Television Station

    For its Removing the Rust from Radio, a project which reminded both the broadcasting industry and the public that although the luster of radio may have been dimmed by the newness of a competing medium, its quality and potentialities, if properly handled, are as good, or better, than ever; and also in recognition of You and Your Health and other public services during 1953 in the areas of education, religion, and government, the George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding public service by a regional station goes to WSB AM-FM-TV of Atlanta, Georgia.... read more

  • NBC Television Opera Theatre
    1953
    NBC Television Opera Theatre

    The George Foster Peabody Television Award in music goes to NBC Television Opera Theatre, for its imaginative and stunning productions, splendidly cast and beautifully sung, directed and conceived. Praise goes to many people for this enterprise: to General David Sarnoff, to Peter Herman Adler, the music and artistic director, and to Samuel Chotzinoff, the producer. Last year saw some memorable productions: Verdi’s Macbeth, Bizets Carmen, Strauss’ Rosenkavalier. Far from enough fine music is being encouraged on television, and it is with real pleasure that we salute those at NBC who have had the faith and the wisdom to present the... read more

  • Personal Award: Chet Huntley
    1953
    Personal Award: Chet Huntley

    Chet Huntley’s skill in analyzing the news of the moment is coupled with the competence of a responsible reporter. In a time when the headlines reflect uneasiness and fear, he has consistently demonstrated a talent for mature commentary on the controversial issues of the day. Huntley has a thorough understanding of the need for courageous and thoughtful radio journalism plus a craftsman’s knowledge of the medium which carries his observations twice daily to listeners in the eleven Western states.... read more

  • Personal Award: Edward R. Murrow
    1953
    Personal Award: Edward R. Murrow

    A Tarheel, born on a small farm in North Carolina, Edward R. Murrow brings to radio and television those qualities which are summed up in that ringing phrase, “a fighting Southerner.” He is a believer, and he believes passionately in the capacity of this country to do the right thing. He is fair-minded and a fighter for justice. He is courageous with the courage that has compelled him again and again to take on assignments “above and beyond the call of duty.’ Broadcasting the news five days a week; initiating one television show, See It Now, on Tuesday nights; and... read more

  • Personal Award: Gerald W. Johnson
    1953
    Personal Award: Gerald W. Johnson

    The recipient of the television news award for 1953 has distinguished himself as a teacher, author, and editorial writer. It is from this rich academic and professional background that he has brought to the newest of the agencies of communication his profound sense of political history, his graceful literary style, and his outspoken courage. In recognition of these qualities, and especially for his perspective, liberal, witty, and scholarly commentary on the news, a George Foster Peabody Award is hereby presented to Gerald W. Johnson of WAAM-TV, Baltimore, Maryland.... read more

  • Personal Award: Imogene Coca
    1953
    Personal Award: Imogene Coca

    Blessed with an imp-like, contagious, and entirely original humor, Imogene Coca was a welcome visitor in television homes even before the Show of Shows hit the Top Ten. Now, it develops that the stars of Show of Shows mean to go their own way next season. Regardless of the program Miss Coca chooses to grace, her mere presence thereon will assure a high comedy content, impeccable good taste—and a vast and appreciate audience. Which is our way of saying, Miss Coca, that you have won a George Foster Peabody Television Award in the field of entertainment, and with it goes... read more

  • Television Playhouse
    1953
    Television Playhouse

    Under the leadership of Fred Coe, the Television Playhouse was, during 1953, in the judgment of many discerning critics, the most consistent producer of fine television drama. We especially commend Mr. Coe for his firm emphasis on good writing, and note his steadfast opposition to the star system. In recognition of its superior standards and achievement, we present to the playhouse a George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding entertainment.... read more

  • Watch Mr. Wizard
    1953
    Watch Mr. Wizard

    Intended primarily for children and youth, Watch Mr. Wizard is not without educational value for adults. A testimony, in fact, to the quality and character of this program is that many of its viewers are adults who are sufficiently well informed in the fields treated to know just what a discerning and socially useful job Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard) is doing. The judgment of these older persons is further confirmed by the hundreds of commendatory letters received each week from teachers, P.T.A. groups, scientists, and others; and by the five thousand “Mr. Wizard” Science Clubs that are an outgrowth of... read more