Larry King to Host Peabody Awards

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Larry King has lined up another gig. The former CNN host, who left his show last year after 25 years, has already lined up a seven-city comedy tour. Now he’s been tapped to emcee The 70th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards.

The annual awards ceremony presided over by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication honors the best in television, radio and web programming. Peabody winners will be announced March 31 via webcast and the awards will be handed out May 23 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

“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, 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 Peabody Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in television and are chosen by a panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. King joins a long line of TV news personalities who have served as host for the annual awards luncheon including ABC’s Diane Sawyerand NBC’s Brian Williams.

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