Discovery Channel captures Peabody

March 31, 1995|By Steve McKerrow

"Normandy: the Great Crusade," a television documentary by the Maryland-based cable network the Discovery Channel, was among 31 winners of the prestigious 1994 Peabody Awards announced yesterday.

Judged and selected by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, the coveted Peabodys are awarded annually for excellence in radio or television.

The award was the second in a row for the Discovery Network, which has headquarters in Bethesda.

Last year, it and sister network the Learning Channel were cited jointly for general achievement.

The NBC series "Homicide," filmed in Baltimore, also won a Peabody last year.

"Normandy: The Great Crusade" was telecast May 30, Memorial Day, and included narration by Normandy veteran Charles Durning and the voices of a number of film and theater notables reading the words of those who planned and fought in the decisive invasion of Europe.

"A stirring look at the human side of war and its consequences that commemorates and celebrates the heroism of the period," said the Peabody citation.

The film was the work of executive producer Tim F. Cowling, producer Susan Koch and writer/director Christopher Koch.

Bronze medallions will be presented to the winners at a May 8 ceremony in New York.

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