BBC accuse ITV of fixing NTAs so that Coronation Street would win Best Serial Drama!

by Lynn Connolly

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It’s been reported today that BBC chiefs have accused ITV of “fixing” the recent National Television Awards so that their flagship soap Coronation Street would win the coveted Best Serial Drama award.

The Daily Mirror reports, “ITV craftily moved Emmerdale from its usual Wednesday 7pm slot and replaced it with Corrie so viewers saw it just moments before the awards show began.”

Viewers were able to cast their votes for Best Serial Drama right up until the last minute during the awards ceremony.

A BBC insider told the paper, “It seems ITV will stop at nothing to win NTAs…

“The stars tweet reminding people to vote – then they put a big Corrie episode on moments before the show starts.

“It is such an obvious tactic and not the first time they have played unfairly when it comes to the NTAs.”

But last night, an ITV source remarked, “These claims of a fix are just sour grapes.

“The best soap won and our ratings are better than EastEnders too, averaging 9.2 million.”

Another TV insider added, “It would be great one year if there was a level playing field but Corrie seems to find its way on screen somehow just before the voting lines close.”

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When Corrie won the award, one viewer wrote, “What a complete fix this year. Just so happens to be the ITV’s production wins on ITV award show.”

Another added, “EVERYONE knows #eastenders is better… EastEnders was robbed.”

In a statement about the debacle, an ITV spokesman said, “Last year Coronation Street was broadcast on Monday, Thursday and Friday but in 2013, it is going out on a Wednesday.

“Viewers expect to see it midweek which is why it was rescheduled to 7pm to make way for the NTAs.”

What do you think about this story? Was there an attempt by ITV to “fix” the NTAs in Corrie’s favour? Or are the BBC insiders just suffering a bad case of the green-eyed monsters?

Here’s a reminder of the moment Corrie won the award on Wednesday night…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.


  1. jason on January 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    no cheating, no fixing, ITV have more to offer in the way of shows across all their channels. the BBC,pah what do they offer in the way of range….repeats? sour grapes to the BBC. isnt it any wonder why ITV win. god work it out BBC!

  2. George Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    How low are the BBC going to go Corrie is by far the best
    ITV OFFER BETTER SHOWS in my opinion the BBC are not in there league.

  3. paul on January 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I used to have a friend who worked in a mental home in the 1990s and he said the TV’s in there were all fixed so only ITV could be watched.This was because the staff knew it was the only channel so bland the staff knew that nothing would challenge or upset the patients.Anyone who thinks ITV is better then BBC is obviously a bit thick.Or even mental.

  4. jason on January 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    @PAUL, i cannot believe that some one this day and age would use the sick and vulnerable to get their point across with regards to something as menial as a tv channel, shame on you.

  5. paul on January 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    But it is the truth-nothing more nothing less.Sorry if the truth hurts.ITV have more to offer ? Please give me examples.I’m sorry but suggesting ITV is a better channel then BBC is just SO funny.

  6. jason on January 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    @paul, look this is stupid there is a lot i could point out whats wrong with the BBC, esp the jimmy saville row. yeah he was the only one who took advantage in the mental/children/hospital/green rooms/ homes, and thats just one and the BBC were fully aware of this and did NOTHING, and you support the outdated BBC institute?

    i refuse to carry on with this posting of who’s better than who. so go annoy someone else with your rather blinkered pro-BBC opinions. and may i suggest that if you work for them (seeing as your so vehement re: BBC) your boss wont thank you for your comments.

    yours- closed.

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