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Producer David Attenborough, ‘Afropop’ Earn Peabody Award Honors

Producer David Attenborough and the public radio program “Afropop Worldwide” will receive special Peabody Award commendations next month at the 74th annual ceremony.

Attenborough was chosen for the Peabody’s Individual life achievement honor for his six decades as a prolific producer of natural-history programs for the BBC and others. The British hyphenate is considered “a national treasure” in his native country, the Peabody org noted. “Everywhere his work has been televised, he’s considered a credit to his species,” the Peabody org said.

Attenborough previously earned Peabody kudos for his 1995 documentary “The Private Life of Plants” and for 1999’s “The Life of Birds.”

“Afropop Worldwide” will receive the Institutional award. The weekly music series has aired for 26 seasons and counting, distributed in the U.S. by Public Radio International. Host Georges Collinet examines the musical cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and the Middle East. The series is credited with helping to popularize the Afropop genre in the U.S. and introducing such world music stars as Cesaria Evora, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Ali Farka Toure. It’s produced out of Cameroon by World Music Production.

Most of the remaining Peabody honorees for 2014 will be unveiled April 16 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Fred Armisen will host the May 31 ceremony, to be held as an evening event for the first time in the history of the awards. The Peabodys, a coveted award in TV, are administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“The Peabodys are delighted this year to recognize two international icons, a pioneering natural-history documentarian and a radio show that celebrates the global language of music,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the awards program.

(Pictured: David Attenborough)

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