Inside Move: Journos in a lather over Emmys

Daytime decision gives media less to critique

In a soap opera shockeroo, Daytime Emmy organizers just dealt journalists a slap: The National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences has banned the media from seeing what the org sees when it bestows its awards.

That doesn’t happen at the Primetime Emmys — or at the Oscars, Grammys or Tonys.

And it didn’t happen at the Daytimes for the past two years when journos — after decades of NATAS reluctance — were permitted to view the videotapes submitted by nominees as examples of their best work.

But journos ended up seeing, and writing about, goofs.

In 2002, most of “As the World Turns” tapes were fuzzy and color-botched, causing it to lose virtually every top award. Last year the finale scene was missing from the tape of lead actress front-runner Michele Stafford of “The Young and the Restless,” who lost.

Embarrassed, NATAS has now ousted journos and handed over administration of the Daytimes to its West Coast counterpart, ATAS. With the ban it will be harder to uncover whatever snafus there are with the tapes and with the new at-home judging method.

(Tom O’Neil is author of “The Emmys” and host of GoldDerby.com.)

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