National Television Awards

The National Television Awards (often shortened to NTAs) is a British television awards ceremony, broadcast by the ITV network and initiated in 1995. The National Television Awards are the most prominent ceremony for which the results are voted on by the general public, and are often branded as 'television's biggest night of the year'.

National Television Awards
LocationThe O2 Arena (2010–)
Royal Albert Hall (1996–2008)
Wembley Conference Centre (1995)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Hosted byEamonn Holmes (1995)
Sir Trevor McDonald (1996–2008)
Dermot O'Leary (2010–2019)
David Walliams (2020–)
First awarded1995
Television/radio coverage
Runtime150 minutes (inc. adverts)
Produced byIndigo Television

The most prestigious award of the ceremony is the National Television Award for Special Recognition.


The first ceremony was held in August 1995 and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes. From 1996 onwards it was traditionally held annually in October and hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald. McDonald retired from the role after 12 years in 2008. In 2009 the NTAs changed the timing of the event from October to January so there was no event in that year. For the 2010 ceremony, Dermot O'Leary took over as host, the ceremony was also hosted at The O2 Arena for the first time. O'Leary decided to leave the programme on 13 February 2019.[1] On 4 October 2019, in a video posted on social media, comedian and author David Walliams was announced as the new NTAs host for 2020. Despite this, the ceremony will remain at the O2 for the 10th successive year.

Voting process

There are two voting stages: a longlist of nominees featuring the most watched programmes and their stars from each channel, based on BARB ratings, is published in September, and the subsequent shortlist of the leading contenders in each category is published in January. The public vote in a nationwide poll via post, telephone and online with the process verified by PromoVeritas, the independent adjudicators. The results are widely reported in the British media with worldwide media coverage of some categories.


Edition Date Venue Presenter Special Recognition
1st 30 August 1995 Wembley Conference Centre Eamonn Holmes Julie Goodyear
2nd 9 October 1996 Royal Albert Hall Trevor McDonald David Jason
3rd 8 October 1997 Robson Green
4th 27 October 1998 John Thaw
5th 26 October 1999 Michael Barrymore
6th 10 October 2000 Chris Tarrant
7th 23 October 2001 Des O'Connor
8th 15 October 2002 Ant & Dec
9th 28 October 2003 Sir Trevor McDonald
10th 26 October 2004 Caroline Quentin
11th 25 October 2005 Jamie Oliver
12th 31 October 2006 Sir David Attenborough
13th 31 October 2007 Jeremy Clarkson
14th 29 October 2008 Simon Cowell
15th 20 January 2010 The O2 Arena Dermot O'Leary Stephen Fry
16th 26 January 2011 Bruce Forsyth
17th 25 January 2012 Jonathan Ross
18th 23 January 2013 Joanna Lumley
19th 22 January 2014 N/A
20th 21 January 2015 David Tennant
21st 20 January 2016 Sir Billy Connolly
22nd 25 January 2017 Graham Norton
23rd 23 January 2018 Paul O'Grady
24th 22 January 2019 David Dimbleby
25th 28 January 2020 David Walliams TBA

See also


  1. Blackman, Sophie (13 February 2019). "Dermot O'Leary quits National Television Awards after a decade". Retrieved 13 February 2019.

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