Chair of BAFTA, Krishnendu Majumdar, emphasises BAFTA's committment to anti-racism and driving lasting change in the industry.
We would like to thank Dominic Buchanan for raising his concerns as part of our ongoing review of the Film, Games and Television Awards, which scrutinises our processes, and for his ongoing contribution as a BAFTA member, which is hugely valued. Our current rules around candidates for nomination for the 2020 Television Awards are clear and the decision on who is put forward as a named representative of the Production Team is made by the entrant and not BAFTA. In this instance, Dominic was not put forward in either 2018 or 2019 and no appeal was submitted through our appeals process at the point of entry. We continue to review our rules and eligibility criteria each year, and as part of our ongoing review the number of candidates for nomination is one of the elements under consideration.
Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA: “BAFTA is absolutely committed to being actively anti-racist and to driving lasting change in the industry, which is why we have conducted a root and branch review across all of our Awards, the results of which we will report on in September. We also introduced the BFI Diversity Standards pilot at this year’s Television Awards with a view to formally implementing them from 2021. BAFTA is always open to discussion with our members as well as the wider industry, and we thank Dominic for raising his concerns. We will continue to speak with him directly, and will be reaching out to the entrant to discuss this further.”
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