English documentarian and naturalist Sir David Attenborough (pictured) will receive a special Peabody Award this year.
The 74th annual awards will honor Attenborough’s six-decade career as a television host and producer of natural history programs with an individual award, while public radio program Afropop Worldwide was selected to receive an institutional award.
Attenborough is best known for the BBC’s natural history series Life on Earth. His lengthy filmography also includes the blue-chip titles Frozen Planet, Planet Earth and the Peabody winning docs The Private Life of Plants and The Life of Birds.
His recent projects include David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates; Attenborough’s Paradise Birds and Natural World: Attenborough’s Big Birds; and David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3D.
“In Britain, he’s considered a national treasure,” the Peabody organizers said in a statement. “Everywhere his work has been televised, he’s considered a credit to his species.”
Winners in the entertainment field will be announced on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday (April 16) and the news and radio winners will be published on the Peabody website on April 20. Documentary and public service honorees will be revealed on April 23.
The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony in New York City on May 31. U.S. cable net Pivot will broadcast the awards during a 90-minute special on June 21.