Saturday 21 October 2017

Ifta Gala Television Awards moved into 2018

Amanda Byram hosted the 2015 IFTAs. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Amanda Byram hosted the 2015 IFTAs. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Deirdre O'Kane on stage presenting the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Michael Chester
Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore with pals at the IFTAs

Sean O'Grady

The Ifta Gala Television Awards have been moved into April of next year.

They will follow the IFTA Film & Drama Awards which have been moved into February 2018 in line with the international Awards season.

Deirdre O'Kane on stage presenting the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Michael Chester
Deirdre O'Kane on stage presenting the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Michael Chester

In a press statement issued today, IFTA said that the new style IFTA Gala Television Awards will take place on April 28, 2018.

The ceremony, which honours the best in Irish television, has been screened by TV3 for the past two years. However, the station confirmed yesterday that they have no plans to broadcast the IFTA TV Awards this year.

"RTE and TV3 were not asked to broadcast the Television Awards this year, but IFTA are looking to do something different instead," a source told the Herald yesterday ahead of the announcement.

The changes are part of plans to help IFTA celebrate the 15th year of the academy.  The new move will also see IFTA working very closely with BAFTA across their respective Awards ceremonies which will take place on the same week.

The awards first moved to TV3 in 2014 after the previous year's broadcast on RTE, hosted by Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore, led to a number of complaints. From 2015 onwards, the IFTAs were divided between the Film and Drama Awards, which usually aired in April, and the Television Awards, which were shown in October.

Hosted by Amanda Byram, the TV Awards were attended by many of Ireland's best-known stars of the small screen, with Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural show

Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore with pals at the IFTAs
Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore with pals at the IFTAs

Last year, the awards pulled in an average of only 95,100 viewers.

The Film and Drama awards were moved back to their old home on RTE for the ceremony last April. Hosted by Deirdre O'Kane, the show pulled in an average of 164,000 viewers on RTE One.

The first IFTA awards show took place in 2003 and was hosted by actor James Nesbitt. The ceremony has been attended by some of Ireland's best and brightest screen talent in the past including Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan.

International stars such as Game Of Thrones' Sean Bean and The Tudors' Natalie Dormer have also graced the stage.

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