The BBC is launch an annual music awards show as part of an “ambitious” strategy to increase the importance of music in its output.
Presented by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, the inaugural BBC Music Awards will be held on 11 December at London’s Earls Court and be screened on BBC One.
In addition, The One Show and BBC Radios 1 and 2 will take viewers and listeners behind the scenes.
Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: “I think this is a fantastic opportunity for BBC One to collaborate with Radio 1 and Radio 2 and host this unique celebration of music in the UK.
“The BBC has always been a destination for new and established musical talent, and by bringing the two together the BBC Music Awards promises to give viewers and listeners an unforgettable night.”
The BBC will also commission more “high-profile” music related content for TV, radio and iPlayer. These include concerns featuring George Michael and Adele, as well as “landmark” documentaries.
Earlier this year plans were announced for a new BBC Radio 1 iPlayer video channel which will offer Live Lounge performances from major acts.
The BBC today said that iPlayer would also offer “curated” access to artists, festivals and other music related shows.
Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC, commented: “Today’s the start of something very special for everyone who loves music. BBC Music is a celebration of the brilliant musical talent across our country.
“We’ll be joining up music on television, radio, iPlayer and online like never before. There’ll be new shows, new partnerships, and whole new ways to enjoy music on the BBC.”