Ant and Dec are to be the new hosts of the Brit Awards – 14 years after they last fronted the show.

The duo succeed James Corden, who stepped down after fronting the event for four years running, including the famous moment in 2012 when he interrupted Adele during her winner’s speech.

James Corden cuts short Adele's speech

James Corden cuts short Adele’s speech (PA)

The show could do with some of their ratings magic after the audience collapsed last year with the lowest figures since 2006, with just 4.6 million watching on ITV.

When the Geordie pair previously hosted the Brits in 2001, it pulled in an average audience four million higher than last year’s event.

There has been much speculation about who would take over from James, with bosses already said to have been keen on having more than one presenter.

Ant and Dec presenting the show in 2001

Ant and Dec presenting the show in 2001 (PA)

Ant and Dec, who will present the show from the O2 Arena in London on February 25 next year, achieved their own chart-topping hit last year when Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble went to number one, 19 years after they first released it during their pop career as PJ & Duncan.

They said: “We’re really excited to be hosting the Brits again next year – it is undoubtedly the biggest night in the British music calendar.

“We’re especially excited now we’re number one recording artists ourselves. We’ll be offering our advice to the fledgling pop stars backstage as to how to have a number one hit, as long as they’re prepared to wait 19 years for their records to top the chart like ours did.”

The pair are also experienced as hosts of music shows having presented Pop Idol from 2001, as well as ITV Saturday morning show CD:UK with Cat Deeley, who also went on to be a Brits host in 2004.

Ant and Dec with Cat Deeley in 2000

Ant and Dec with Cat Deeley in 2000 (PA)

Just this week Ant and Dec tied up a deal for the rights to their TV hit Saturday Night Takeaway, which is being made for the US with Neil Patrick Harris as presenter.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said: “Ant and Dec are two of the most popular TV broadcasters this country has ever produced and it’s a real honour to have them take centre stage once again to host the Brits. It’s great that these two pillars of British TV will be part of a night about celebrating icons in British music.”

Artist Tracey Emin will design the trophy for the ceremony, which is officially called the Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard.