Australia's Nine Network has cemented a new partnership with labels body ARIA, which will see the free-to-air station beam this year's ARIA Awards, the ARIA Hall of Fame gala and a new chart countdown show.

Nine succeeds Channel 10 as broadcaster for the 23rd ARIAs - the Australian music industry's awards night -- which will take place Nov. 26 at the Acer Arena in Sydney. Nine will beam the ceremony from 8.30pm on the night.

As part of its commitment, the network will also telecast the ARIA Hall Of Fame, marking the first time the ceremony has gone out free-to-air since its launch in 2005. The event, which is a standalone to the ARIAs and features performances from inductees, will take place Aug. 27 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre.

Pay-TV platforms MTV and Vh1 will again cover both galas. MTV will screen repeats of the ARIAs, and Vh1 will again deliver the Hall Of Fame to its viewers.

Nine has also confirmed it will beam the ARIA Singles Chart Countdown, a new weekly format which will kick off at an unspecified time later this year.

In a statement issued today, Nine Network's director of sales and marketing Peter Wiltshire said the deal with the ARIAs "reinforces our on-going commitment to targeting the younger, advertiser-friendly demographics."

"The music platform provides a critical gateway for marketers who choose to align themselves with this genre as part of their communication approach," he added. "Music will also form an important ingredient for our new under-40's multichannel, launching later this year."

Ed St John, ARIA chairman and president/CEO of Warner Music Australasia, commented, "We are thrilled to be able to make this significant announcement in such a challenging economic climate, and to welcome our new free to air broadcast partner, the Nine Network."