"Doctor Who" celebrates 50 years with a Peabody Award. (BBC )
"Doctor Who" is celebrating 50 years on the air this year, new episodes begin airing Saturday and to top it all off, the good Doctor has just received a Peabody Award for 50 years of "evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe."
The awards, announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are selected by a board of judges to highlight the best in electronic media. The honorees were announced at a ceremony on the University of Georgia campus, but the awards won't be handed out until a luncheon event in New York City on May 20.
The Institutional Peabody to "Doctor Who" was just one of 39 honorees named this year. Other series include "Girls," "Louie," "Southland" and "Switched at Birth."
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"Saturday Night Live" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels was given a rare Individual Peabody.
In addition to "Girls," HBO received several Peabodys for the 2008 election movie "Game Change," the documentary film "The Loving Story" and the newsmagazine series "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."
ABC's coverage of Superstorm Sandy, "60 Minutes'" reports on a failed cancer treatment by a Duke University doctor and a Congolese orchestra and CNN's coverage of the unrest inside Syria were among the many news reports that were also honored.
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The full list of honorees and the judges' comments follows:
"Under Fire: Journalists in Combat" (Documentary Channel HD)
JUF Pictures Inc., Documentary Channel, Canada
A fascinating exploration of the mentality of war-zone reporters and the toll their dangerous, chosen work can have on them.
"Why Poverty?" (PBS)
Eight films, each distinctive in tone and style, give us parallax views of poverty today and through the ages.
"MLK: The Assassination Tapes" (Smithsonian Channel)
1895 Films for Smithsonian Channel
Painstakingly configured from rare footage collected at the University of Memphis in 1968, the documentary relives the events leading up to the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and its aftermath.
"Reel Time: Salat" (Bone Dry) (GMA News TV)
GMA Network Inc. (GMA News TV)
This unflinching portrait of a widow with six mouths to feed personifies a brutal statistic: two out of 10 Filipino children are malnourished.
"Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood" (Al Jazeera)
Al Jazeera, Just Vision
A Palestinian teenager whose family is evicted from an East Jerusalem neighborhood by Israeli settlers finds unexpected allies in this honest, hopeful documentary.
"The Loving Story" (HBO)
Augusta Films and HBO Documentary Films with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities
A fresh, poignant reconsideration of the now almost unthinkable arrest and prosecution of Richard and Mildred Loving in 1958 for the “crime” of interracial marriage.
"Marina Abramovi¿: The Artist is Present" (HBO)
Show of Force, Mudpuppy Films and HBO Documentary Films
Like the “godmother of performance art” herself, this film about Abramovi¿ and her Museum of Modern Art. The retrospective is performative, challenging and provocative.
"Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished" (Channel 4, U.K.)
ITN Productions for Channel 4 Television, U.K
Combining amateur film and “trophy” videos with the results of a three-year reporting effort, the filmmakers document the civilian death toll -- as high as 40,000 -- of Sri Lanka’s civil war.
"Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" (ITV1)
ITV Studios and
"Exposure: Banaz: An Honour Killing" (ITV)
Hardcash Productions/Fuuse Films
A hard-hitting pair of ITV films examines two different cultural horrors in Great Britain, the first the predatory sexual perversity of a beloved TV icon, the second the slaying of an independent-minded Kurdish-British girl by her own family.
"Putin, Russia and The West" (BBC2 UK)
Brook Lapping Productions, National Geographic Channel U.S.
How a former KGB spy made himself the Czar in the Grey Flannel Suit–and what his reign has meant for the U.S. and Europe–is detailed in this monumental four-part documentary.
"Independent Lens: Summer Pasture" (PBS)
True-Walker Productions, Independent Television Service
A rare account of Tibet from the inside, this unhurried, quietly powerful film focuses on one nomadic family and through them illuminates an entire culture’s struggle with nature’s hardships and China’s oppression.
"Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect" (KNXV-TV, Phoenix)
KNXV-TV/ABC 15 News, E.W. Scripps Company
Investigating a teenager’s car-crash death, KNXV’s five-month investigation revealed an acceleration problem that inspired a federal inquiry and the recall of more than 700,000 SUVs.
"Deception at Duke" (CBS)
CBS News, "60 Minutes"