The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on television this year, but don’t fret, you’ll still be able to watch the ceremony. For the first time in the event’s history, the ceremony will be streamed over the internet!
After failing to negotiate a last-minute TV deal (as in previous years), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 2014 ceremony will instead be live streamed on the Emmy’s website. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”
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The Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22. The ceremony will be streamed live at http://www.daytimeemmys.net starting at 8PM EST/5PM PST
I can’t say I’m surprised by this decision, as the Daytime Emmys have drawn lackluster ratings for the better part of a decade. While I am glad the awards will be able to be viewed, I’m extremely disappointed in the lack of interest from ABC, NBC and CBS to broadcast the ceremony. I understand the business reasons for opting not to air the awards, but that doesn’t mean I approve of the decision. This is the one time of year when soap stars and others in the daytime industry can dress up and be recognized for the hard work they do year round.