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Daytime Emmy Awards canceled as coronavirus spreads

Posted at 9:33 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 21:33:53-04

(WTXL) — The National Association of Television Arts and Sciences released a statement on Thursday saying there would be no Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony this year.

NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly wrote: "Today, I am writing to let you know that we have made the hard decision to cancel this year’s Daytime EMMY Awards as well, at least in the format we’ve known for years. There are just too many unknowns right now, not the least of which is whether we would actually be permitted to stage an event in June involving more than one thousand live participants."

The Daytime Emmy Awards honor those voted by NATAS members as best actors in daytime dramas, along with awards for best programs in a variety of shows, including talk shows, children's programming, and "soap operas".

In addition, in its many regions around the United States, NATAS also hands out Emmy Awards for outstanding TV news programs and journalists. Those are now also threatened with cancellation.