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National Television Awards
LocationWembley Conference Centre (1995)
Royal Albert Hall (1996–2008)
The O2 (2010–)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byEamonn Holmes (1995)
Sir Trevor McDonald
Dermot O'Leary (2010–2019)
David Walliams (2020)
Joel Dommett (2021–)
First awarded1995
Television/radio coverage
Runtime150 minutes (inc. adverts)
Produced byIndigo 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 Special Recognition Award.


Second logo (2010–12)
Second logo (2010–12)
Third logo (2013–14)
Third logo (2013–14)

The first ceremony was held in August 1995 and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes at Wembley Conference Centre. From 1996 onwards, it was traditionally held annually in October at the Royal Albert Hall 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 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 remained at the O2 for the 10th successive year.[1] The 26th ceremony was originally going to take place on 26th January but then due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to 20 April, then postponed again to 9 September.[2] In May 2021, it was announced that Joel Dommett will present the 26th ceremony replacing Walliams.

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 Winner
1st 29 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 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 None
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: For the Love of Dogs
24th 22 January 2019 David Dimbleby
25th 28 January 2020 David Walliams Sir Michael Palin
26th 9 September 2021[2] Joel Dommett Line of Duty


  1. ^ "David Walliams looks suave as he prepares to host National Television Awards 2020". Metro. 21 January 2020. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Date of 2021 NTAs announced". Press Centre. Retrieved 21 January 2021.