PBS and Fusion Partner to Broadcast the 76th Annual Peabody Awards

By A.J. Katz 

PBS and Fusion are partnering with the The Peabody Awards to broadcast the 76th annual ceremony in early June. Fusion will also produce and broadcast a half-hour special from the red carpet. The event takes place on May 20, and will air on PBS and Fusion on June 2.

Rashida Jones, a cast member of NBC’s Peabody Award-winning series Parks and Recreation, will serve as the host.

This year marks the first time The Peabody Awards will be broadcast on both national and cable television. Last year’s ceremony aired solely on the cable network Pivot.


“We are excited to be partnering with PBS and Peabody to celebrate some of the most powerful storytelling of the past year—especially those that elevate underrepresented voices and shine a light on untold stories of significance to the young, diverse communities we serve,” said Daniel Eilemberg, president of Fusion.

“The Peabody Awards have a long history of recognizing excellence in media,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and gm of general audience programming, PBS. “Acknowledging stories that matter is a core value of PBS, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring the Peabody Awards honoring the best-of-the-best in media to PBS viewers around the country.”

PBS NewsHour won a Peabody last year in the news, radio/podcast, web and public service category.

The 60 finalists from news, documentaries, entertainment, children’s programming, educational programming and public service will be announced tomorrow. From those finalists, 30 winners will be chosen and revealed in a series of news announcements beginning April 12.