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Robin Roberts, CBS News, Lorne Michaels Among 2013 Peabody Award Winners

photo (11)By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Excellence in electronic media was on display at the Peabody Awards ceremony. The 72nd annual awards brought out some of the biggest names from television.

Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts was honored for an ABC News program documenting her rare disease.

Roberts tells Tuned In that her decision to go public wasn’t taken lightly.

“I can’t have any regrets when I know how many more people are now registered to be bone marrow donors,” Roberts admits.

Less dramatic, but equally as worthy, HBO’s Game Change was recognized. The pay-cable movie was the story of 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Director Jay Roach says picking the right person to play the starring role was pivotal to the success.

“There was a lot of expectations about who would play her because Tina Fey had done such an incredible job in a certain version of interpreting her,” Roach tells Tuned In. “That wasn’t the version we were looking for.”

So Roach, who has directed several big screen comedies including Meet the Parents, began a search for the perfect Palin.

“We wanted to find someone who could be compelling, strong, as charismatic as Sarah Palin. But also could play it with the kind of depth you would need to make her a real person,” Roach says.

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Gumbel: Matt Lauer is Going Through a “Difficult Time”

GumbelThe parallels are striking for Bryant Gumbel, who spent 15 years as co-anchor on NBC’s Today show with the current host, the embattled Matt Lauer.

Lauer has been under fire since Ann Curry was replaced on the program last summer by Savannah Guthrie.

Gumbel was stuck in the middle of his own on-air triangle 24 years ago when Jane Pauley got pushed off the show for Deborah Norville.

Tuned In caught up with Gumbel Monday at the Peabody Awards, where his Real Sports was honored with the trophy for broadcasting excellence.

Gumbel said he and Lauer are best friends, who talk regularly and play golf.

“He’s going through a difficult time,” Gumbel admitted. “But I think part of that comes with the territory. It wasn’t that long ago when I was going through the same thing, at the same place.”

Gumbel also weathered a scandal at the morning broadcast, when a scathing memo about personnel was leaked in 1989.

“It happens, it’s part of life,” Gumbel said. “Nobody’s going to pass the plate and feel sorry for you.”

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