Body introduces two acting categories

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is moving its annual TV awards to the summer instead of the spring.

Next year’s TV awards will be held on June 6, at the London Palladium, and will be broadcast in the U.K. by BBC1. The awards usually take place in April.

The org also announced the addition of two new categories for the TV kudos event. They are awards for supporting actress and supporting actor.

Additionally for 2010, the comedy performance category will be split into two — female performance in a comedy program and one for male performance.

John Willis, chairman of the television committee, said: “As a committee, we annually review all categories to ensure the ceremony is relevant to, and reflects, the industry’s output, and these additional categories do exactly that.

“Moreover, our move to June provides a more distinct place in the awards calendar for television and allows more time between them and February’s Orange British Academy Film Awards for our members, industries and viewers.”

The BAFTA TV craft awards will be held on May 23 at the London Hilton.

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