Jon Snow to be honoured with Bafta fellowship

The Channel 4 news anchor nearly missed his opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Michael Palin, David Attenborough and Julie Walters

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Jon Snow is to be awarded a prestigious fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at next month’s ceremony.

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Channel 4’s longest-serving news presenter will receive the lifetime achievement award “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games”. Previous recipients of the academy’s highest accolade include Michael Palin, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, David Attenborough and Julie Walters, who received last year’s fellowship. 

Jon Snow said: “When I saw the list of fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first Bafta must have the wrong Snow… There are several of my cousins they could have chosen. I think my daughters have concluded I’ve finally done something cool!”

Snow inadvertently ignored Bafta at first because the letter notifying him of the honour was sent to an address he’d not resided at for a decade.

“For two or three months I was blissfully unaware until they sent a rather hurt email,” he told The Guardian. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought they’d got the wrong Snow. Then I saw the cascade of people who’d had it before. Judi Dench, both Attenboroughs. Amazing.”

Last month Channel 4 viewers also saw the 67-year-old news anchor smoke skunk on Drugs Live, a programme exploring the effects of cannabis – an experience he didn’t enjoy. 

“It was so incredibly appalling, so horrendous, that I struggle even to describe it,” Snow told Radio Times. “I took the skunk in vapour form, not knowing what it was. I lost all control. It was devastating and the paranoia was overwhelming. You hear me describe that my soul had been wrenched from my body. There were no people in my life. I didn’t know who I was.”

The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards take place on Sunday 10th May.

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