The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly known as simply
the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence
in radio and television broadcasting and cable television. First
awarded in 1941 for programs from the previous year, they are considered
the oldest honors in electronic media. The awards are administered
by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
at the University of Georgia. The awards are named after the capitalist
George Foster Peabody who donated the funds to initiate the awards.
The Peabody Awards are generally regarded as the most prestigious
awards honoring distinguishment and achievement within the fields
of broadcast journalism, documentary making, educational programming,
children's programming, and entertainment.
The Peabody Awards were originally only for radio, but in 1948 television
awards were introduced. In the late 1990s additional categories
for material distributed via the World Wide Web were added. Materials
created for theatrical motion picture release are not eligible..