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Bafta changes rules for TV awards after Killing Eve controversy 

Bafta has modified its eligibility guidelines following controversy over Killing Eve’s inclusion at this yr’s TV awards. The hit drama, which premiered within the US, was deemed eligible regardless of Bafta guidelines stating {that a} programme will need to have premiered within the UK.

Now Bafta has introduced: “UK programmes will now not be required to premiere within the UK.”

The change permits “the perfect British creators and content material to be recognised by Bafta no matter the place the present is first transmitted”, it stated.

Programmes which first aired exterior the UK will qualify for the manufacturing classes if they're broadcast to UK audiences inside the calendar yr.

Earlier this yr, the hit BBC drama received three awards on the TV ceremony, main the wins.

Jodie Comer scooped finest actress, Fiona Shaw supporting actress and the present received drama sequence.

Hannah Wyatt, chair of Bafta’s tv committee, stated: “Bafta is dedicated to rewarding British productions that may be loved by British audiences.

“We're at all times trying to mirror the ever-changing business, guaranteeing our guidelines stay match for objective.

“As we see British artistic expertise and productions more and more capturing international audiences, we really feel now in the best time to make this adjustment.”

The announcement got here as Bafta stated its committees and jury chairs are being provided impartial unconscious bias coaching forward of the 2020 awards season.

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