April 2, 2014

BBC AMERICA Wins Two George Foster Peabody Awards

Orphan Black and Broadchurch Take Home Prestigious Honors

BBC World News America Also Wins for Inside Syria’s War

New York, NY – Announced today, BBC AMERICA earned two George Foster Peabody Awards for critically acclaimed series, Orphan Black and Broadchurch. BBC AMERICA took home the most wins for a basic cable network.

“The George Foster Peabody Award is a true marker of excellence in media. It is an honor to have two series that we are particularly proud of considered worthy of this level of recognition,” commented Perry Simon, GM, BBC AMERICA. “Thank you to the Peabody board and congratulations to all award recipients.”

BBC AMERICA’s original series, Orphan Black was hailed by the awards as “one of a kind – a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role.” Season Two of Orphan Black premieres on Saturday, April 19, 9:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

The George Foster Peabody Awards lauded Broadchurch as an “intricately crafted, emotionally rich, endlessly surprising mystery series.” Broadchurch was BBC AMERICA’s highest rated drama of 2013 and stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

The BBC’s 24 hour news channel BBC World News was awarded a Peabody for its coverage of the conflict in Syria on its U.S. newscast BBC World News America.  BBC correspondents including Lyse Doucet, Paul Wood, Ian Pannell and Jeremy Bowen offered compelling reports from the ground  and the judges cited that “the consistent, up-close coverage of Syria’s civil war and its human toll by BBC World News journalists had no equal in 2013.”