The British Comedy Awards will be screened on ITV later this year despite the scandal over Ant and Dec’s award fix.

Jonathan Ross has apparently signed up to host the event, due to be held in December, and ITV are said to have already agreed a sponsor, according to reports in The Sun.

But the viewer-voted People’s Choice category – the award at the centre of recent controversy – will be dropped.

Ant and Dec were presented with this award at the event 2005 – but viewers had actually voted for Catherine Tate to win.

But the comedienne missed out on the gong because singer Robbie Williams told show bosses that he would only attend the award if he could present a gong to his close pals Ant and Dec.

The innocent Geordie pair said they were ‘appalled’ after learning of the fix.

An insider on the show said last night: “ITV have decided to stick with the Comedy Awards as it is a hugely popular show.

“Mistakes were made and apologies have been given. ITV could have axed it altogether but the BBC or Channel 4 would snap it up.”

Media watchdog Ofcom is still investigating the scandal.