Ten and ARIA Renew Partnership

Network Ten and the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the renewal of their agreement for the annual ARIA Music Awards for a further three years.

This new agreement builds on the successful, long-standing relationship that has seen the Awards grow into an event of major national interest and a countrywide broadcast that delivers consistently high ratings.

Network Ten’s chief executive officer, John McAlpine, said: “The ARIA Awards have pride of place in TEN’s schedule, as is fitting for the network that reaches more Australian music lovers than any other. We are delighted to be extending our long-term partnership with ARIA and look forward to bringing the house down with the 2005 ARIA Music Awards this October.”

ARIA chairman, Denis Handlin, said: ”Now in their 19th year, the Awards have grown from an industry event for 500 guests in 1987 to an event in 2005 that will cater for over 2,500 industry attendees, 6,000 members of the general public, and a potential viewing audience of over 1.3 million. ARIA is delighted to renew its long-standing relationship with Network Ten.”

ARIA has reappointed Mark Pope as event producer, and Roving Enterprises’ Craig Campbell returns as telecast executive producer.

ARIA Awards chairman Ed St John said: "Over the past three years the partnership between ARIA, Network Ten and Roving Enterprises has resulted in the best ARIA Awards ever. The creative investment from the recording industry, from event producer Mark Pope and from Craig Campbell and his team from Roving Enterprises is immense: this unique and talented team is committed to making the best awards show on television, year after year. The show doesn't happen by accident - it's the product of enormous effort by many hundreds of people. We're delighted to be working with the same team in 2005 and we look forward to creating another fantastic show this year."

Ratings for the annual ARIA Music Awards on Network Ten are consistently strong, with the 2004 event winning a 51% national commercial share of the target 16-39 year-old audience and 1.38m viewers in the five mainland capital city markets.

The Australian music industry’s night of nights will be held in Sydney in October.

Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

20 May 2005


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