The ARIA Awards return to Nine

The 31st Annual ARIA Awards will return to Nine after six consecutive years with commercial rival, Network Ten. 

In 2009, Nine aired the awards after Ten let its contract lapse, however prior to that, Ten had broadcast 15 ceremonies.


A spokesperson for Ten said the network ended their relationship with the ARIA Awards earlier this year, deciding not to renew the contract one month before entering voluntary administration.

Adrian Swift, Nine’s head of content production and development said it was a “fantastic addition” to Nine’s commitment in bringing premium live events and entertainments to Australians.

“We are delighted to be broadcasting the 31st Annual ARIA Awards on Nine, celebrating the pinnacle of Australian music,” Swift said.

Denis Handlin, ARIA chairman and chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia, said he was delighted to bring the ARIAs “home.”

“The Nine Network has a long association with the ARIA Awards, having hosted the event’s inaugural broadcast in 1992. We look forward to working with Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks and his team to produce a world-class event that celebrates our incredible artists and their amazing achievements this year.”

ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen added: “ARIA is excited to partner with the Nine Network. Together we will create great event TV, with the ARIA stage set to showcase our Australian artists who are topping the charts here and around the world.

“The 2017 ARIAs will play host to the biggest names in Australian music and celebrate with magic moments and standout performances.”


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