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Peabodys tap director, host

Newcomb chosen as prexy, Amanpour to host awards

NEW YORK — The Peabody Awards, among the most prestigious prizes doled out every year in radio, TV and cable, has hired a new director, Horace Newcomb.

Newcomb is the F.J. Heneycentennial professor of radio, TV and film at the U. of Texas in Austin.

Christiane Amanpour, a correspondent for CNN and “60 Minutes,” will host the 60th annual awards luncheon May 21 in New York, where between 25 and 35 Peabodys will be presented. The winners will get the official good news earlier, at a Peabody press conference on March 29.

The U. of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications administers the awards. The job of director became vacant when Barry L. Sherman died May 2. Grady College’s Louise Benjamin stepped in as interim director until the Newcomb appointment.

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