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BAFTA Opens Awards To Web-Based Broadcasters

1 October 2013
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BAFTA announces that, for the very first time, web-based broadcasters will be eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

  • Shows broadcast online are now eligible for consideration
  • Expanded Comedy and Entertainment Programme for Television Awards
  • Rule books Published as Television and Television Craft Awards open for entry

London, 1 October 2013: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that, for the very first time, web-based broadcasters will be eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

BAFTA’s Chief Executive, Amanda Berry, said: “We continually strive to ensure our Awards remain relevant to the industry, as well as reflecting the trends among the viewing public. We’re in a golden era for storytelling and programme-making, with top-class shows being broadcast online as well as on digital and terrestrial television; the latest update to our rules ensures we celebrate and reward the very best.”

The new Rule Books for both Awards are now published online, with full details on entry and eligibility, at http.

This important update to eligibility is one of a number of changes made to the Television and Television Craft Awards this year, presented in 2014.

Other changes include the expansion of the previous Comedy category, which becomes Comedy and Comedy Entertainment and encompasses programmes whose comedy is central to the editorial of the programme, including panel-led shows, chat shows where comic content plays a significant part, stand-up comedy shows, and comedy clips shows.

The Entertainment Programme category has been updated to include content such as quizzes and game shows, talent shows, music specials, and all general entertainment programmes. The Situation Comedy category remains unchanged.

BAFTA’s Television Committee chairman, Andrew Newman, said: “As a genre, comedy entertainment has grown rapidly over the past few years and the new expansion of this category recognises this, allowing for a wider range of programmes to be considered by the academy and ensuring a more lively competition in both the “Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme” and the “Entertainment Programme” categories.”

Entry for all categories will open on Tuesday 1 October and close on Friday 3 December.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will be held on Sunday 27 April 2014, and the British Academy Television Awards will be held on Sunday 18 May 2014.

About eligibility

  • Programmes must have had their first transmission in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2013 on terrestrial, cable, satellite or digital channels, including web based broadcasters who commission content.
  • Programmes that are self-commissioned and published are not eligible for the Television Awards.

About the Awards

The British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward individuals for outstanding achievement in television and television craft.

The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of British television.

The Academy also honours individuals with awards in recognition of their contribution to the television industry. These awards are in the gift of the Academy; they are approved by the Television Committee and ratified by the Board of Trustees, and are presented at the aforementioned ceremonies.


Further Information

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About BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org, and to access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production visit www.bafta.org/guru.