"Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal," the BBC Newsnight special, was a pivotal moment in the Duke of York's downfall amid allegations of sexual abuse in late 2019. And the BAFTA TV Awards have recognized the BBC for its reporting in the interview.
Today, the BAFTAs announced their 2020 TV Award nominations, which will compete at the upcoming July 31 awards ceremony. Prince Andrew's interview collected a nomination for Newsnight in the Best News Coverage category.
Prince Andrew's BBC Newsnight interview, November 2019
The Duke of York had agreed to the interview with journalist Emily Maitlis to address the allegations of sexual abuse and his scandalous connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
But the interview was received as a disaster, as Andrew was judged as suspicious, unremorseful, and unsympathetic to survivors of Epstein's child sex trafficking ring. Throughout the scandal and interview, however, he has denied any wrongdoing in response to the allegations.
In the aftermath of the interview, Prince Andrew stepped down from his royal duties. Moreover, another recent report revealed that it's likely he'll never return to those duties as a result of the scandal.
Prince William is president of BAFTA
As People noted, Prince William is president of BAFTA and has held that title since 2010. This overlap could have made for some awkward moments on awards night, but the Duke of Cambridge, who is Prince Andrew's nephew, typically attends only the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony and not the TV Awards.
"Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal," the BBC Newsnight interview
Prince Andrew's November 2019 Newsnight interview is included below via BBC News. It will compete for Best News Coverage at the 2020 BAFTA TV Awards next month.