YouTube, SNL Receive Peabody Awards

Organization honors new media for first time
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 4:22 PM CDT
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(Newser) – YouTube, Lost, and CNN were all honored with a 2008 Peabody Award for contributions to broadcasting, the Hollywood Reporter writes. For news, NPR’s coverage of the earthquake in Chengu, China, and CNN’s 2008 election coverage were recognized, along with Saturday Night Live for the razor-sharp political satire it delivered last year. ABC’s Lost, AMC’s Breaking Bad, and HBO’s Entourage received drama awards.

But it is the new-media winners which are arguably the most important: Peabody honored the New York Times' web site and the Onion’s online parody news network. It also recognized YouTube for its paradigm-shifting impact on media in general.