'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards,' 'Orange is the New Black' among Peabody Award winners

By Daniel S Levine,

The Peabody Award winners were announced this morning by the University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism, honoring the best writing on television, radio and the web from the past year. Netflix executives are probably smiling, as both House of Cards and Orange is the New Black took home an award.

Breaking Bad’s final season won for its writing, which featured “a stunning brand of visual storytelling and meticulous character development,” according to the university. In addition to House of Cards and Orange, the other TV shows that earned citations are ABC's Scandal, FX’s The Bridge, BBC America’s Broadchurch and BBC America’s Orphan Black.

The awards were announced this morning on CBS This Morning, so Charlie Rose was able to announce his own award. The program was cited for its interview with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Other examples of journalism honored includes CBS affiliate WBZ-TV’s coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing and Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines show. PBS also won several awards, including one for the Frontline episode on the NFL’s concussion crisis.

PBS’ documentary The Central Park Five was also praised for reexamining “not only the case of black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were railroaded and wrongly imprisoned for a rape but the climate of fear and the media frenzy that surrounded their trial,” the university said.

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