ARIA Awards returning to TEN

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Music industry's celebration exits Nine after just one year.

The ARIA Awards are headed back to the network that did them the best, Channel TEN.

TEN has announced a new deal with the Australian Recording Industry Association to take effect from this year.

Set to air sometime after the October Commonwealth Games, TEN is promising big changes for the show.

"What can we say, we missed each other and our time apart highlights the fact that this kind of close partnership between ARIA and TEN is rare and yields excellent results for all involved," said programming chief David Mott.

"The TEN audience embraces and celebrates big event television and we are committed to giving our viewers another great event which celebrates unique Aussie talent -- the ARIA Awards."

Last year Channel Nine staged the event hosted by Underbelly actors Kate Ritchie and Gyton Grantley at the PBL-owned Acer Arena. Nine had sought to benefit from having the ARIAs as part of a strategy to boost youth channel GO!

But the flagship event for the music industry was a delayed telecast on a Thursday night, with MTV broadcasting the red carpet event.

It attracted neither good ratings nor a positive reception for its messy production, despite having Robbie Williams as guest.

At TEN the show was successfully staged for many years under Roving Enterprises, with hosts including Rove and Hamish & Andy. But the network previously cited the $2m-$3m expense of the event as not being reflected in the ratings of around 1.2 - 1.4 million viewers.

Under the new deal the mood has changed.

"TEN has a long history of making exciting big event TV moments, from live Idol and Dance finales to last year's incredibly popular MasterChef Australia finale. We see the ARIA Awards in the same exact category.

"All I have to say is ... be prepared for something more this year."

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