National TV Awards to return in January

ITV says the National Television Awards will be hosted at London’s O2 Arena in January 2010.

The NTAs are being moved from their traditional October slot and will feature a new host, Dermot O’Leary, taking over from Sir Trevor McDonald.

The deal between ITV and producers Indigo Television will secure the 2010 and 2011 awards.

ITV boss Elaine Bedell said: “I’m delighted to announce this new deal which secures the NTAs – the most popular television awards, as chosen by viewers – on ITV1 until 2011 at a fantastic new home in the O2 arena.

“I’m also very pleased to be announcing Dermot as the new host of the awards, and I have no doubt that he’s the right man to continue the excellent job that Sir Trevor has done over the last 13 years.”

Dermot said: “Taking over from Sir Trevor is a daunting prospect, but it’s a genuine honour and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m especially looking forward to compering the EastEnders/Coronation Street blood feud. May the best soap win!”

Voting for the National Television Awards will open in September with all award categories being 100 per cent decided by public vote.