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Primetime Emmy awards organisers move live show to Monday

Published on Jan 29, 2014 9:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The Primetime Emmy awards, television's night of honouring its own, will be held this year on Monday, Aug 25, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and United States (US) network NBC said on Tuesday, in a surprising move from the awards show's usual Sunday slot in late September.

The three-hour 66th Primetime Emmys will be aired live from coast to coast beginning at 8pm EDT (8am Singapore time) on NBC, which is owned by Comcast Corp. The organisers have yet to announce a host or producers of this year's show. The Primetime Emmys are US television's top awards.

The change was made so that the awards show would not conflict with the network's Sunday Night Football show, an NBC spokesman said. Sunday Night Football, a weekly show during the NFL season, averaged 21.7 million viewers for the 2013-2014 season, the second-highest audience across US television.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which presents awards in technical and production categories, will be held on Saturday, Aug 16.

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