London – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that for the very first time, web-based broadcasters will be eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

BAFTA’s Chief Executive, Amanda Berry, said: “We continually strive to ensure our Awards remain relevant to the industry, as well as reflecting the trends among the viewing public. We’re in a golden era for storytelling and programme-making, with top-class shows being broadcast online as well as on digital and terrestrial television; the latest update to our rules ensures we celebrate and reward the very best.”

This important update to eligibility is one of a number of changes made to the Television and Television Craft Awards this year, presented in 2014, with other changes including the expansion of the Comedy and Entertainment Programme categories.