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The Mercury Prize is set to return to the BBC for a new "emphasis on multi-platform content"

09 July 2015, 10:48 | Written by Laurence Day

The Mercury Prize has announced a "major new partnership" which will see it return to the BBC after three years on Channel 4.

As well as bringing the ceremony back to the BBC's television channels, there will be a new "emphasis on multi-platform content" - meaning live sessions, interviews and "exclusive coverage" - and a marked shift away from the "traditional Awards Show event".

Record labels can submit albums for consideration for the 2015 Mercury Prize from today, with a shortlist of 12 being revealed on BBC 6 Music on 16 October. The ceremony will take place on 20 November live on 6 Music and BBC Four.

Last year's prize was scooped by Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers for their record DEAD.

The Mercury Prize's Managing Director Dan Ford said of the announcement: "“The announcement of this extensive BBC partnership and support from the BPI and the wider music community is an exciting first step in the development of a new long-term vision for the Mercury Prize that will help to ensure and extend its relevance to a new generation of music fans for years to come. “As the Prize approaches its landmark 25th anniversary, it is increasingly important that we work with broadcast partners and music organisations that share our passion for the award’s values in order to help us achieve the broadest possible reach and profile."”

Lauren Laverne added: "I have a long history with the Mercury Prize and couldn’t be happier to be involved with it in 2015 as it returns to the BBC as a part of BBC Music. It’s a fantastic celebration of Britain’s vibrant, diverse music scene.”"

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