Quoted in an article by Matthew Hemley in the Stage, Jordan says:
“I do think that the writer’s role is somewhat played down by the BAFTA awards. After all, everything begins with the word. As they are so frequently gushing about an actor finding his or her character and performing all the complexity and depth of that character, surely they should be equally gushing about the person who created that character in the first place.”Hemley's article also quotes Danny Stack who, along with fellow Guild member Martin Day, began campaigning last year to get BAFTA to include writers in the main awards.
The Guild has also been trying to get BAFTA to upgrade the writing award. As Guild Deputy General Secretary, Anne Hogben, says in Hemley's article:
“Most writers feel very disgruntled indeed about how they are airbrushed out of the picture. BAFTA is obsessed with glamorous starlets.John Willis, chairman of BAFTA’s television committee, tells Hemley that there is limited space for awards.
Willis added that writers are often highlighted in the Television Awards as one of four people who have made the most creative contribution to a show nominated in drama categories.How kind.
Update (16.01.10): The story has also been picked up by the Independent.