‘Park’ plucks Peabody

Katrina coverage, PBS, BBC top awards

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The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the media was demonstrated at this year’s Peabody Awards, with four nods dished out to local and national stations for their coverage of the storm.

WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss., and WWL-TV in New Orleans were honored for covering the hurricane and the aftermath, despite both sustaining physical damage.

NBC’s Brian Williams was feted for his “extraordinary coverage and analysis,” while CNN received awards for its minute-by-minute coverage of the disaster.

Series receiving Peabodys included Fox’s “House,” David E. Kelley’s “Boston Legal” on ABC and Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

Three cablers won awards for the first time: FX for “The Shield,” Sci Fi Channel for “Battlestar Galactica,” and Sundance Channel for “The Staircase.”

As usual, PBS, with four nods, received the most awards of any U.S. broadcaster. It was lauded for Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan docu “No Direction Home,” “P.O.V.: Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed,” and “American Experience: Two Days in October.”

For the second consecutive year Showtime got a mention for an original film, for the illumination of two minority cultures in “Edge of America.”

The various limbs of the BBC gathered up six awards in total, including for “Bleak House” (co-produced with WGBH), “This World BBC: Bad Medicine” and BBC America’s musical skein “Viva Blackpool.”

HBO was feted for its broad range of programming, with spotlights on the South African-produced “Yesterday,” “Children of Beslan” and animated musical “Classical Baby.”

Awards, given to the best in electronic media, will be presented at a lunch June 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria. The 65th annual kudofest will be emceed by two-time Peabody winner Jon Stewart.

And the nominees are…

Hurricane Katrina (WLOX-TV, Biloxi, MS)
Preparation and Coverage of Hurricane Katrina (WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA)
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: After the Storm: The Long Road Back (NBC)
CNN Coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Aftermath (CNN)
China: A Million Steps Ahead (TVE, Madrid, Spain)
American Experience: Two Days in October (PBS)
This World BBC: Bad Medicine (BBC 2)
P.O.V.: Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (PBS)
Boston Legal (ABC)
House (Fox)
Edge of America (Showtime)
South Park (Comedy Central)
American Masters: No Direction Home — Bob Dylan (PBS)
The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
BBC DoNation Season: Life on the List (BBC)
Classical Baby (HBO)
A Room Nearby (PBS)
Burning Questions (KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA)
How Far Will the Army Go? (KCNC-TV, Denver, CO)
A Place of Our Own (Los Ninon en Su Casa) (KCET-TV, Los Angeles, CA)
Radio Rookies Project (WNYC Radio, New York)
15% of the United States (KMEX-Univision 34, Los Angeles, CA)
Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights (The History Channel)
What If Winter Never Comes? (Et si l’hiver ne venait plus?) (CBC/Radio-Canada)
Viva Blackpool (BBC America)
Staircase (Sundance Channel)
Yesterday (HBO)
The Queen of Trees (BBC 2)
Children of Beslan (HBO)
Bleak House (BBC)
The Shield (FX)
Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi Channel)