Battlestar Galactica has won the SciFi channel's first Peabody award, according to the SciFi Wire today. The Peabody Award is the oldest award for electronic media, which recognizes distinguished works.
From the SciFi Wire:
Galactica Wins Peabody
SCI FI Channel's original series Battlestar Galactica has been honored with the prestigious Peabody Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in electronic media. It is the first Peabody Award for the network.
The winners of the 65th Annual Peabody Awards were announced April 5 by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2005, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus and presented at a luncheon hosted by two-time Peabody winner Jon Stewart at New York's Waldof-Astoria Hotel.
The Peabody Board is a 16-member group, comprised of television critics, broadcast and cable industry executives and experts in culture and the arts, that judges the entries. Selection is made by the board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students and staff.
"As is the case every year, submissions for consideration by the Peabody Board provide insight into the astonishing array of electronic media productions" said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards. "These are the works self-selected by creators and producers as their very best work from the previous calendar year. This year's Peabody Award recipients stand as hallmarks of excellence in news, documentary, comedy, drama, education and public service."
The Peabody Awards, the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize categories nor is there a set number of awards given each year.