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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.
The first ceremony was held in August 1995 and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes. From 1996 onwards it was traditionally held annually in October and hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald. McDonald retired from the role after 13 years in 2008. In 2010, the NTAs changed the timing of the event from October to January and Dermot O’Leary took over as host of the ceremony. The 2010 ceremony was hosted at the London O2 for the first time.
There are two voting stages: a longlist of nominees featuring the most watched shows 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 an independent adjudicator. The results are widely reported in the British media with worldwide media coverage of some categories.