The Australian record industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will return to free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten later this year.
The ARIAs come back to its familiar broadcast home following three years with commercial broadcaster Channel Nine -- an arrangement that produced lackluster ratings.
The new ARIAs partnership comes as a wave of Australian artists is making a splash on international sales charts. In recent weeks and months, homegrown artists Iggy Azalea, Sia and 5 Seconds of Summer have enjoyed No. 1s in the U.S., while the likes of Flume, Courtney Barnett and Vance Joy are at, or close to, the tipping point of major border-hopping success. INXS’ The Very Best was the best-selling album of the first half of the year Down Under, while Aussie acts have held the No. 1 position on the ARIA singles chart for 13 of 32 weeks this year. Indeed, this week’s album’s chart is led by local sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone with their self-titled third album.
“We are delighted to bring the ARIAs back to Ten,” comments Denis Handlin, ARIA chairman and chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia, said in a statement. “The network has hosted many of the ARIA Awards’ most memorable moments and we look forward to working together to produce a great event.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the ARIA Awards back to Ten,” adds Network Ten chief programming office Beverley McGarvey in the statement. “Australians have had incredible success on the world music stage this year and we cannot think of a better time to join with ARIA in celebrating that success. We are looking forward to bringing this exciting event to all Australians, exclusively on Ten.”
The 2014 ARIAs will likely be held in late November or early December, though a date and venue has yet to be announced.
In its heyday in the noughties, when the ARIAs was broadcast on free-to-air TV, the gala regularly landed more than a million viewers and peaked at around 1.8 million. But the ARIAs’ ratings have been on a downward swing in recent times. Last year’s event languished on Nine’s digital channel Go!, attracting just 337,000 viewers, though that was an improvement from the audience of 304,000 that tuned in the previous year, while 369,000 watched the 2011 event. Network Ten was the broadcast partner on the 2010 show (634,000 viewers), Channel Nine’s main channel beamed the 2009 event (708,000 viewers) and Network Ten handled the 2008 broadcast, the last to pull an audience of more than a million (1.09 million viewers).
Prior to 2008, Ten had aired 14 of the previous 15 ceremonies.