Walliams succeeds Dermot O’Leary in presiding over the gong ceremony.
The next NTAs ceremony will take place on Tuesday 28th January and ITV has announced that Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams will be overseeing proceedings.
“I am thrilled to be the new host of the National Television Awards, and will ensure I will also win them all.” – David Walliams, Multiple NTA Winner
The National Television Awards were first held in August 1995 at the Wembley Conference Centre with GMTV presenter Eamonn Holmes. The production was given a glamorous makeover for the following year moving to the Royal Albert Hall with News at Ten’s Sir Trevor McDonald taking on hosting duties to bring a touch of gravitas to proceedings.
In 2008, after thirteen annual nights of gong-giving, Sir Trevor retired from the programme which gave ITV a chance to ‘X Factor‘ the format with a more modern tone and direction. The new-look saw the show moved from a long-established October slot to January, with the first hosted by Dermot airing in the first month of 2010.
As part of the all-new populist format, the show bade farewell to the Royal Albert Hall relocating to its current venue, The O2 Arena, for the first time. As like the TV Times Awards, televised from the 1960s to the 1980s, the National Television Awards are voted for entirely by members of the public. This can lead to moments of greatness, and also moments of utter amazement and widespread bafflement.
“The National Television Awards are coming soon and we have two more exciting reasons to celebrate in January 2020 – it will be the NTA’s 25th anniversary AND our host is the brilliant David Walliams. David is a man of so many talents – a comedian, actor, best-selling author, TV Judge and charity fundraising hero… and we look forward to him now being the NTA’s Celebrator-in-Chief in this very special year.” – Kim Turberville, Executive Producer
Earlier this year Dermot O’Leary announced that he was standing down as host of the awards in an Instagram post.