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Virgin TV Announced As The Title Sponsor For The British Academy Television Awards

24 March 2017
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Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards to take place on Sunday 14 May

Virgin TV launches new award Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment, voted for by the British public

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today Virgin TV as the new title sponsor for the British Academy Television Awards.

As part of the three year partnership, Virgin TV will launch a new award as part of the ceremony on Sunday 14 May: Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment. This will be the only award at the ceremony voted by the British public, and celebrates moments from the television programmes that got the nation talking in 2016.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said:  “Virgin TV shares our commitment to promoting excellent television, and the Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment award will highlight some of the most talked about television and give the public the chance to have their say. We are very excited about our partnership with Virgin TV and look forward to celebrating the very best in television together at the Awards.”

David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin TV, said: “Virgin TV’s commitment to the British Academy Television Awards is a celebration of the enduring power great television has to fire emotions and get people talking.

“While the TV industry is certainly undergoing lots of change, there’s one thing that will always remain true - the need to ‘talk about TV’. Through our partnership with BAFTA we’re looking forward to recognising the UK’s best TV moments and we want the public to vote for their favourite.”

The Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment award will celebrate the dramatic scenes, cliff-hangers and the laugh-out-loud TV clips – all of which got the nation talking, tweeting, posting, sharing and discussing.  Across every type of TV genre from current affairs, drama, documentary and YouTube series, the new Virgin TV’s Must See Moment award taps into the zeitgeist of truly loved television.

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

The award categories at the ceremony reflect the wealth and diversity of British television. They include Director, Drama Series, Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme, International, Current Affairs and Reality & Constructed Factual.

This year’s Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards will take place on Sunday 14 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Notes To Editors


Tuesday 28 March – Nominations announced: British Academy Television Craft Awards

Tuesday 11 April – Nominations announced: Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards

Thursday 20 April – Nominees Party

Sunday 23 April – British Academy Television Craft Awards

Sunday 14 May – Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards

The recipients of the Fellowship, the Special Award and the Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television Award will be announced in the coming months.

For further information:

Nick Baxter at freuds
T: 0203 003 6658
E: [email protected]

Verity Henderson, Virgin Media
T: 0333 000 2900
E: [email protected]


Red Carpet media accreditation for the Television Awards opens on 11 April.


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 programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit For more, visit

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises by the end of 2019.

Virgin Media recently revamped its TV offering for its customers with the launch of its new Virgin TV V6 set-top box and enhanced multi-screen viewing experience. Virgin TV has also increased its investment in boxsets, catch up services as well as launching exclusive new TV shows, including Ash vs Evil Dead, Kingdom, Full Circle and most recently US hit drama Imposters, all premiering in the UK and brilliantly brought together by Virgin TV. 

Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.

We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.

Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.

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