|National Television Awards|
|Location||The O2 Arena (2010–)|
Royal Albert Hall (1996–2008)
Wembley Conference Centre (1995)
|Hosted by||Eamonn Holmes (1995)|
Sir Trevor McDonald (1996–2008)
Dermot O'Leary (2010–2019)
David Walliams (2020–)
|Runtime||150 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Produced by||Indigo Television|
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'.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
- Blackman, Sophie (13 February 2019). "Dermot O'Leary quits National Television Awards after a decade". Dailystar.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2019.