BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Sports have all received nominations in the Sport category for the 2018 BAFTA Television Awards.
The nomination list includes Sky Sports’ coverage of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight boxing triumph over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley and the BBC’s coverage of the 2017 Six Nations clash between Wales and England.
ITV’s Grand National coverage and Channel 4’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 semi-final between England and the Netherlands are also nominated for the prestigious award, the winner of which will be announced at the BAFTA TV ceremony in May.
Sky Sports have won the BAFTA TV sport award for the past two years for its coverage of the Open Championship golf tournament and England Test cricket.
The pay-TV broadcaster will be hoping to complete another hat-trick of awards for its coverage of the Joshua-Klitschko fight, which has already won in its categories at the recent Royal Television Society and the Broadcast Awards.
Commenting on their nomination, Adam Smith, Sky Sports’ head of boxing and lead commentator, said:
“It’s a most amazing honour to be recognised by the BAFTA committee, and a tribute to the fantastic boxing team who work so hard and so passionately, day in and day out.
“A nomination for Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko is all a bit surreal, but it was the most incredible event we have all worked on.
“Ninety thousand at Wembley, fascinating build-up, high respect between the elite boxers and a fight, and night, we will never forget.”
Channel 4’s coverage of England’s semi-final at UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, produced by Whisper Films, marks the first time that BAFTA has nominated an all-women’s event in the TV sport category.
Commenting on the feat, Clare Balding, host of Channel 4’s coverage in the Netherlands last summer, said on Twitter: “Thrilled to be nominated for a BAFTA for the Women’s Euros. It’s not often an all female event gets a BAFTA nomination – in fact this might be the first time. #WomenInSport
BT Sport presenter and Whisper Films director Jake Humphrey commented on Twitter: “Wow. Now the team @WhisperFilmsUK are @BAFTA nominated!!!! For our UEFA Women’s Euro’s coverage. Congrats @Lionesses So proud of what we’ve done for the women’s game at Whisper Films.”
ITV Racing’s Grand National debut is also in contention for the BAFTA award in what was only the network’s 21st live broadcast since regaining rights to show the sport from Channel 4 in 2017.
Paul McNamara, Senior Director and Executive Producer, said:
“It’s a fantastic honour for the whole team to be recognised for such a prestigious award as a BAFTA. We are thrilled to be heading to Aintree once more to be covering the 2018 Grand National.”
ITV Racing editor Richard Willoughby added:
“I’m absolutely delighted and very proud that ITV Racing has been nominated for a BAFTA.
“It is a wonderful recognition of the dedication and hard work by all of the team both behind and in front of the cameras.”
In addition to the sport award, the BBC has also been nominated in the single documentary category for Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad.
Click here to see the full list of nominations for the 2018 British Academy Television Awards, which will be held on Sunday 18th May.