Changes are afoot for the 75th Peabody Awards.

For the first time in its history, the Peabody Awards will select 60 finalists, who will be announced April 12. From those finalists, a group of winners – The Peabody 30 -will ultimately by chosen. The Peabody 30 will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category, beginning April 19.

“There are now more than 400 scripted prime-time television shows, new locations for documentary television, a flood of podcasts, and a wealth of quality digital storytelling,” Peabody Awards Director Jeffrey P. Jones said. “Peabody has to reflect that change in order to continue to award the best of the best, while also recognizing and highlighting this expanded field of quality media production.”

Key & Peele
star Keegan-Michael Key has been tapped to host the May 21 ceremony gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Pivot will air the 90-minute special, The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards Monday, June 6 beginning at 8 PM.

The Peabody Awards, based at the University of Georgia, honors news, entertainment, documentaries, children’s programming, education, interactive programming, and public service, encouraging the media industries to reach for and achieve the highest standards.