Emmys: Sports, News & Doc Ceremonies Will Go Virtual In 2020, Joining Daytime Show

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has canceled all in-person awards ceremonies for the rest of the year.

NATAS had previously determined that the Daytime Emmy Awards would proceed without in-person ceremonies but had continued to plan for Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering events. The decision has now been made that ceremonies will be held remotely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The news today comes after NATAS held its regional NY Emmy Awards on Saturday via a virtual ceremony, which acted in part as a trial run for the other shows in the 2019-2020 awards cycle.

“While it appears unlikely that officials would even permit these large-crowd events to be held this year, it is also clear that there will be a lag of time between being permitted to have an event and being able to provide an environment in which all attendees feel safe and comfortable attending it,” said NATAS President & CEO Adam Sharp. “Ultimately, a single person-to-person transmission resulting in serious infection would be devastating evidence of mistaken judgment in proceeding.”


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