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The ARIA Awards are headed back to TEN, but hopefully not the Opera House

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  Who will ever forget the 2010 ARIA Awards broadcast from Sydney Opera House.  image - News Corp

Who will ever forget the 2010 ARIA Awards broadcast from Sydney Opera House.
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Network Ten confirmed it will broadcast the 2014 ARIA Awards on TEN later this year.

This year’s ARIA Awards will showcase the best local musicians and bands, in addition to headline overseas acts.

This will be the first time TEN has broadcast the Awards since the now infamous 2010 show at the Sydney Opera House. That broadcast produced by Fremantle Media was dogged by poor sound and the lack of a strong host.

Prior to the 2010 awards the show was more successfully produced by Roving Enterprises. At this stage it is not known who will produce or host the show in December 2014.

Australian artists are currently riding a wave of international success, with Sia, Iggy Azalea and 5 Seconds of Summer topping albums and singles charts around the world. Australian artists are also dominating local charts, with home-grown acts sitting atop the ARIA singles chart for 13 of 32 weeks this year.

Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the ARIA Awards back to TEN.
“Australians have had incredible success on the world music stage this year and we cannot think of a better time to join with ARIA in celebrating that success. We are looking forward to bringing this exciting event to all Australians, exclusively on TEN.”
Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia, said: “We are delighted to bring the ARIAs back to TEN. The network has hosted many of the ARIA Awards’ most memorable moments and we look forward to working together to produce a great event.”
ARIA Chief Executive Dan Rosen, said: “ARIA is excited to partner with Channel Ten. Together we will create great event TV, with the ARIA stage set to showcase our incredible Australian artists who are topping charts here and around the world with special international guests.
“We invite music fans all around Australia to join us in celebrating the biggest night in Australian music.”

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the 2014 ARIA Awards, including details of the host and the guest performers.