South Bank Show Awards to live on
The South Bank Show Awards are to live on after Melvyn Bragg signed a deal with the Sky Arts channel, it was announced today.
There had been fears that the annual event would end after ITV axed the arts supremo's long-running series.
But they will return next year, renamed the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, with Lord Bragg fronting a series of documentaries about the winners.
The presenter has already agreed to work on a number of BBC programmes since ITV pulled the plug on his arts programmes after more than 30 years.
Lord Bragg will host the awards show - for which he will also be editor - when it next takes place in early 2011.
His documentaries will be screened by Sky Arts after the ceremony.
John Cassy, director of Sky Arts, said: "Melvyn is the most passionate, enthusiastic and effective champion of the arts in the UK, so to have him on board is a tremendous honour.
"He's bursting with ideas about how he can work with Sky to make these amazing awards an even bigger and better celebration of all that's great in British culture. We can't wait to get started."
Lord Bragg said: "At a crucial time for contemporary arts in Britain, it is essential to continue to celebrate and examine them on television and Sky Arts has provided a magnificent opportunity for us to make a difference.
"I greatly look forward to working with Sky Arts to bring these awards back to television screens."
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Glastonbury 2015: Coldplay will not headline but Florence Welch might play, says Emily Eavis
Kurt Cobain's life and death: Montage of Heck film uses unseen footage to tell Nirvana frontman's story
Mal Peet dead at 67: Tributes to children's author who was 'universally adored'
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Drugs Live: Twitter responds to Jon Snow and Jennie Bond smoking cannabis
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin