Larry King to host Peabody Awards

March 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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ATHENS, Ga., March 7 (UPI) -- Larry King is set to serve as host of the 70th annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony in New York this spring, organizers said Monday.

King, who last year wrapped up his 25th and final season of CNN's "Larry King Live," is to be emcee at the Peabody Awards for broadcasting May 23 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

"Larry King has greeted figures of social and cultural significance throughout his career, and the roster of his guests reads as a chronicle of our times," Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia, said in a statement. "Now he will introduce the Peabody Award recipients for 2010 and welcome guests as we celebrate the 70th presentation of the awards. No one would add greater distinction to this anniversary year."

The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and Webcast programs will be announced via Webcast from UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication March 31.

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