This week a contingent from NPR and others from the public broadcasting community met up in New York City for the 2010 Peabody Award ceremony.
We told you before that NPR won Peabody Awards for Julie McCarthy's coverage of Pakistan and for two NPR News Investigations: Laura Sullivan's "Behind the Bail Bond System" and Joseph Shapiro's "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes," a collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity. We also share the award with Youth Radio for the series "Trafficked", which was co-produced and broadcast by All Things Considered.
At the awards ceremony earlier this week, there was a lot of love for public broadcasting. Of the 38 Peabody recipients, 19 went to public broadcasting. Half of the winners of broadcasting's top awards went to a documentary, special series, program, films, or feature that aired on public television or radio. It was a tremendous showing of the best public broadcasting has to offer.
Then Patrick Stewart took the stage. After the jump, a video of his thoughts on public broadcasting.
Stewart was there to accept a Peabody for PBS and Thirteen/WNET's Great Performances: Macbeth. After thanking those involved in the production he made a case for the funding of public broadcasting in this country. Man, can he command a stage (swoon) — check out the video:
We congratulate all those who are dedicated to producing quality programming for public broadcasting.