Pix bags telecast rights of BAFTA Awards in India

MUMBAI: Pix has bagged the India telecast rights of the BAFTA Awards 2009. BAFTA is a British charity that host annual award shows for film, television, television craft and video games.  

Pix will showcase the live telecast from the Royal Opera House in London on 9 February at 5.30 am followed by the repeat telecast at 10 pm on the same day.  

As part of the upcoming special, Pix has slated the BAFTA movie-marathon from 1 – 9 February. BAFTA award winning movies from the previous years like The Silence of the Lambs, Big Fish, East is East, When Harry Met Sally, Philadelphia, Trauma, Chicago, Close Encounter of the Third Kind and The Queen will be aired.

Pix business head Sunder Aaron said, "As a channel that airs English movies it is an honor to have the exclusive rights to telecast the BAFTA Awards, an evening that sees the work of several great films, get felicitated. It’s also going to be a special moment for our audience as Danny Boyle’s film based in India ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ receives global recognition."  

Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for the highest number of nominations in the history of BAFTA Awards with 11 Nominations. Apart from Slumdog Millionaire, other films that stand to contend for Best Films are Milk, Forst/Nixon, The Reader and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.