PBS picks up 9 Peabodys

'P.O.V.' series takes 2 as Transom logs 1st web award

NEW YORK — PBS topped the list for Peabody Awards, beating all other networks — both cable and broadcast — to take nine of the 29 nods for excellence in electronic media.

PBS winners included “Flag Wars” and “Two Towns of Jasper,” both episodes of docu series “P.O.V.” Awards will be given May 17.

Bill Moyers was recognized with a career achievement award (his most recent TV activities have been his PBS series “NOW With Bill Moyers” and the PBS doc “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience”).

HBO picked up three nods, including one for “The Wire,” which the Peabody board called “one of the most intense and complex narratives television viewers have seen.”

“War Photographer,” the HBO doc about Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer James Nachtwey, and “To Live Is Better Than to Die,” an account of a family’s struggle with HIV/AIDS in rural China, accounted for the pay cabler’s other two wins.

NBC and CBS represented the only two commercial broadcast nets that will pick up Peabody Awards. NBC News drew kudos for Tom Brokaw’s “A Question of Fairness,” about the U. of Michigan’s affirmative-action policy, and CBS News was acknowledged for “60 Minutes: All in the Family,” an investigation into power abuses by government and military contractors.

Transom.org, a Web site that brings new works to public radio through the Internet, will be the first Web site to be honored.

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