The Peabody Awards

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    1965
    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Gentleness is a quality that is seldom understood by television’s writers or directors. A notable exception was telecast during the holiday season of 1965. It was a little gem of a show that faithfully and sensitively introduced to television the Peanuts collection of newspaper characters created by Charles Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas was a delight for the whole family.... read more

  • A Visit to Washington with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, On Behalf of a More Beautiful America
    1965
    A Visit to Washington with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, On Behalf of a More Beautiful America

    The participation of the First Lady of the Land in itself gave distinction to ABC’s A Visit To Washington With Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, On Behalf of a More Beautiful America. Over and above this, however, the theme of the program and the results already achieved make this Thanksgiving Day telecast worthy of a George Foster Peabody Special Award. As Jack Gould wrote in The New York Times, “Mrs. Johnson’s collaboration may well give the cause of national beautification its most important advance.” Already new projects looking to “a more beautiful America” have sprung up across the country, fulfilling the... read more

  • CBS Reports: KKK–The Invisible Empire
    1965
    CBS Reports: KKK–The Invisible Empire

    To CBS Reports and, posthumously, to producer David Lowe for KKK–The Invisible Empire, a broadcast that turned a devastating light on the hooded hypocrisy and dark of night terrorism of America’s most shameful hate group. This broadcast, David Lowe’s last in the CBS Reports series, can stand as a monument to a dedicated documentarian whose abiding concern was for justice, decency, and the dignity of his fellow men.... read more

  • Institutional Award: KTLA-TV  for Television News
    1965
    Institutional Award: KTLA-TV for Television News

    A Peabody Award is presented to television station KTLA, Los Angeles, for its strategic news coverage during the critical period of the Watts riots, when 30 persons were left dead and hundreds injured. Channel 5’s Telecopter kept officials constantly informed; often served as the only check on new or isolated outbreaks; and, presented a graphic, moving close-up of the tragedy.... read more

  • Institutional Award: National Educational Television (NET) for Television Education
    1965
    Institutional Award: National Educational Television (NET) for Television Education

    We think it altogether fitting that National Educational Television (NET) and its president, John F. White, should receive the Peabody Award for the most distinguished performance in educational broadcasting in 1965. We wish to commend them specifically for these programs: History of the Negro People, a series of nine telecasts which explored the long-neglected history of the Negro; next, the two programs on American Crises, the first examining the emotional problems which beset so many American families, and then a dramatic study of those handicaps to learning suffered by children from depressed areas. Finally, for the program, Changing World: South... read more

  • Institutional Award: NBC and CBS
    1965
    Institutional Award: NBC and CBS

    A trio of “special” one-hour TV shows in 1965 in which three of the most talented and popular of our time were given full scope to put on display their manifold talents share this year’s Peabody Award for top TV entertainment. Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Julie Andrews—the latter ably abetted by another shining star, Gene Kelly—gave their all in programs that were beautifully planned and impeccably produced. They provided discerning television fans, short-changed in many directions during the past year, with three separate hours of unalloyed delight.... read more

  • Institutional Award: WCCO Radio for Radio Public Service
    1965
    Institutional Award: WCCO Radio for Radio Public Service

    The year 1965, recording three major disasters in the vast rural areas of the plains states, offered WCCO Radio a rare opportunity to perform its traditional public service to millions suffering blizzards, floods, and tornados within a three month period. Through broadcast survival instructions and continuous alerts, hundreds of lives were saved. For long range preparedness and dedicated all-out effort, a Peabody Award to WCCO Radio, Minneapolis.... read more

  • Institutional Award: Xerox Corporation for Television Contribution to International Understanding
    1965
    Institutional Award: Xerox Corporation for Television Contribution to International Understanding

    The search for a program which achieves distinction in the promotion of international understanding is sometimes difficult. But in 1965 there could be no question that the Peabody Award in this field should be bestowed upon Xerox Corporation and accepted by Joseph C. Wilson, its president. To have presented programs which were as different and as appealing as The Making of the President - 1964, Let My People Go, The Louvre, and the illuminating series on the United Nations, is an achievement which does great credit to this intelligent company. It is also a revelation of the peaceful future to... read more

  • Music ‘Til Dawn
    1965
    Music ‘Til Dawn

    Inaugurated to meet changing program patterns, both in time and place, and recognizing the public’s growing appreciation of fine music, the program, Music ‘Til Dawn, the first successful all-night program of sponsored music, has made a unique contribution to the culture of America over the past decade. For bringing outstanding classical and semi-classical music throughout the night to millions of listeners over seven major owned or affiliated CBS stations from coast to coast, a Peabody Award is presented to CBS Radio and American Airlines for this meritorious public service.... read more

  • Personal Award: Elmo Ellis
    1965
    Personal Award: Elmo Ellis

    With his editorials of breadth and depth on subjects of timely and local importance, and with his book reviews and other features, Elmo Ellis has rendered outstanding local public service through WSB Radio. In recognition, he is presented the George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding local radio public service.... read more

  • Personal Award: Frank McGee for Television News
    1965
    Personal Award: Frank McGee for Television News

    His is the voice of authority, clarity, and reliability. As anchorman at the NBC News Space Center, Frank McGee has demonstrated a unique capacity to explain and clarify complicated space missions. His versatility was demonstrated in his superb descriptions of the historic visit of Pope Paul VI to New York. Frank McGee’s unique talents symbolize the basic reason why more citizens are depending and relying on television as their source of news coverage.... read more

  • Personal Award: Morley Safer Personal Award for Television News
    1965
    Personal Award: Morley Safer Personal Award for Television News

    In a year when the war in Vietnam dominated the news, the reports of correspondent Morley Safer were marked by journalistic integrity and honesty, sensitivity and forcefulness. Complaints from home viewers and governmental officials for bringing the ugly facts of the war in Southeast Asia to television were, in a sense, recognition that his reporting was objective, impartial, and accurate. For his courageous accomplishments in presenting the realities of the Vietnam War to the American people, this Peabody Award for television news coverage to Mr. Safer.... read more

  • The Mystery of Stonehenge
    1965
    The Mystery of Stonehenge

    An awesome monument of the past was linked to the computerized present in a program of unusual artistry and suspense titled The Mystery of Stonehenge. The handsome blend of beautiful photography, ancient history, and modern theory made it the most inventive art documentary of the year. As such, it is presented a Peabody Award.... read more

  • The National Driver’s Test
    1965
    The National Driver’s Test

    Exciting and suspenseful, The National Driver’s Test on CBS proved to be the most talked about documentary in years. It permitted millions of Americans in their own homes to check their driving judgment, knowledge, and perception. Test forms, published and distributed widely in advance, allowed individuals and pre-selected groups to mark their scores. The results were utilized extensively by private and governmental agencies in auto safety and driver teaching research. In recognition, a Peabody Award to Columbia Broadcasting System for the unique public service program series of 1965, conceived by Fred Friendly, and prepared in cooperation with the National Safety... read more