Bafta awards postponed due to coronavirus

Published by Alice Jaspars on March 18th 2020, 3:12pm

The Bafta TV awards are the latest cultural event to be postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Nominations for the award show were due to be announced on 26 April, with the ceremony to take place almost a month later on 17 May.

In a statement on their website, the awards said that: “The announcement of the nominations, scheduled for next Thursday 26 March, will also be postponed until closer to the ceremony.

“We’re working with all our partners to explore options for new dates and we hope to be in a position to confirm them in the coming weeks.”

Organisers have said that the ceremony will be held later in the year, with dates to be confirmed closer to the time.

A spokesperson for the awards said that: “We are continually monitoring the situation ​to ensure we are prepared for the challenges we may face in the coming weeks and months.

“We are closely following the advice of the World Health Organisation, NHS and GOV UK/Public Health England, and the safety of our members, guests and staff remains our top priority.”

The delay of the event marks the first considerable public-facing postponement.

A range of musicians have cancelled tours, including Billie Eilish and Stormzy, who have frequently encouraged fans to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Netlix’s The Witcher and Stranger Things have postponed production, and the BBC has called a halt on Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders for the time being.

Shows in both the UK and the US which are conventionally recorded in front of audiences, including Have I Got News for You will continue to be recorded without spectators.

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March 18th 2020, 3:12pm

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