The Bafta television awards will be hosted by Richard Ayoade behind closed doors and nominees will accept their awards virtually, it has been announced.

Both the TV and craft awards, which celebrate technical achievements, were due to take place earlier this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The craft awards will now be streamed online on July 17, hosted by Stephen Mangan, while the TV awards will be broadcast on BBC One on July 31 and the nominations will be announced on June 4.

Both ceremonies will take place in a closed studio with winners accepting their awards virtually.

Ayoade, who will host the show for the first time, said: "I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead."

Mangan, who is returning as host of the craft awards for the ninth year, added: "The format might have to change a little this year, but nothing will stop me putting on black tie and celebrating their success."

Amanda Berry, chief executive at Bafta, said: "We are delighted to confirm the new dates and formats for both the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards this year.

"We want to celebrate and reward the talented individuals who make up the television industry, both behind and in front of the camera, many of whom have continued to entertain and inform the nation in recent weeks.

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