The National Book Awards will not run in 2015, The Bookseller can confirm.
Cactus TV, which has produced the consumer-focused awards since the closure of Publishing News in 2008, said an update about a 2016 ceremony would be issued soon.
Publishers are understood to be lukewarm about the continuation of the NBAs in their present form, and are thought to be looking at alternatives. Andrew Franklin, m.d. of Profile, told The Bookseller that the "end of the NBAs as they were are no loss", adding that "anything or nothing" would be an improvement.
However, an emailed statement issued by Midas PR to "all those publishers, authors and retailers who were wondering what was happening”, said that Cactus was negotiating "an exciting television deal” with a terrestrial broadcaster for 2016. "This will take the form of a national primetime programme with strong regional input,” the statement said. "There is no date yet for submissions and Amanda Ross will give an update as soon as the exciting news is confirmed.”
Ross and Cactus TV declined to respond to The Bookseller’s requests for more information. The Publishers Association, which helps run the awards through its Consumer Publishers Council, declined to comment. Specsavers, which has sponsored the awards, said it had not received any notification about a date for the awards.