By Lynette Rice
June 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

CBS announced today that it will air the 61st Annual Primetime Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 20, instead of the previously announced Sept. 13. The decision was made after the network learned that its sister cable network MTV was airing the Video Music Awards on the same day. “We had the flexibility to move; they didn’t,” according to a statement from Jack Sussman, exec VP of specials at CBS. “It’s best for the industry and the audience that these events not compete against each other.”