The Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) is putting together nominations for the 42nd annual BPG TV and Radio Awards taking place on March 11, 2016.
This year we have made some changes to our Nominations and Voting procedures.
Nominations are for programmes aired in the calendar year 2015.
Multichannel/Non-PSB programmes to compete in all 10 of the BPG Awards Genre categories: We think that the non-PSB programmers, including Viacom (Comedy Central & MTV), Sky (Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, etc), Discovery, UKTV (Dave, Watch, etc) and other programmers outside of the Public Service Broadcasters (PSB) are now established enough in their UK commissions to be considered alongside PSB channels in all categories.
However, we are cognisant that in vying against PSB programmes in Round One of our BPG voting, the non-PSBs may not garner enough votes to put any of them through to Round Two. So to make sure that we have the best non-PSB programmes for the calendar year 2015 for our members we are asking you to give Jake Kanter the BPG TV Nominations Committee Chair your best programmes in the following genre 10 TV categories:
Best Single Drama;
Best Drama Series;
Best Single Documentary (factual);
Best Documentary Series (factual);
Best Comedy programme or series;
Best Entertainment/Factual Entertainment (format) programme;
Best Digital First/Online Award (the latter has to be available online first/primarily, ie not as a promotional first window before TV transmission.
We are eager to have non-PSBs represented in the Second (Final) Round of our voting as well so we will be looking to put the winning Non-PSB programmes from Round One through to our Final Voting Round in all 10 categories.
Please note that the BPG Executive Committee will also have the final review the non-PSB shows that move through to the final round for example in the case of a tie.
Adding a Digital First/Online Only/Online Programme Award: Given the pace of change in the TV sector we feel that online programmes need to be recognised in their own category.Especially given that BBC Three will go online in 2016 and C4 and the BBC iPlayer are creating online only/online first programmes and the rise of UK originated programmes from companies including Vice, Netflix and Amazon, this is now the right time to do this.
The Digital First/Online Award replaces the Multichannel Award.