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BAFTA reinstates current affairs award

Move follows protests from programmakers

LONDON — BAFTA is reinstating its award for current affairs television programs following protests from Blighty’s TV community.

The prize was dropped for this year’s kudos event and replaced by a new award for international shows.

Seasoned British TV topper John Willis, chairman of the BAFTA television committee, said: “After reviewing last year’s awards, the TV committee felt it was important to reinstate current affairs as a stand-alone category.

“It was a unanimous decision. There was a strong feeling on the committee and reflected in the current affairs community that we should recognize excellence in the genre.”

Despite the reinstatement of the current affairs award, the international category — won by HBO’s “Entourage” — will be retained.

The entry deadline for the 2008 TV awards is Dec. 17. Winners will be announced Apr. 20 at a bash held at the London Palladium.

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