The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced the shortlist of nominated programmes for this year’s YouTube Audience Award, the only award voted for by the British public at the upcoming Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 27 May 2012.
The YouTube Audience Award rewards programmes that have captured audiences’ imaginations, got the nation talking and have become must-watch TV over the past 12 months. A panel of entertainment journalists and media industry professionals collated the shortlist, which this year features a variety of genres including factual, entertainment and comedy.
From Thursday 19 April until 5pm on Thursday 24 May 2012, members of the public will
have the opportunity to vote for the YouTube Audience Award at www.youtube.com/baftaonline .
Mike Sullivan, UK Marketing Manager for YouTube, said: “With the diverse range of nominated TV programmes this year, the YouTube community has its work cut out in selecting this year’s Audience Award winner. YouTube is home to many of the top shows on TV, so it’s fantastic that the YouTube community can be involved with this year's TV Awards."
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added: “It is terrific to see such a variety of genres represented by the nominated programmes for this year’s YouTube Audience Award. Each programme has really engaged the television audience and earned its place on this year’s shortlist.”
Hosted by Dara O’Briain, the Awards will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s iconic South Bank, on Sunday 27 May 2012 and will be broadcast on BBC One.
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For programmes to be eligible for the YouTube Audience Award, they must have been transmitted between 1 March 2011 and 15 February 2012.
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 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 .
YouTube is the world’s largest online video community, allowing millions of people to discover, watch, and share videos. YouTube’s “Shows” section ( www.youtube.com/shows ) brings full length programming and clips from 150 professional content partners including Channel 4 and five. YouTube, LLC, is based in San Bruno, California, and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.