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Logie Award

TV Week Logie Award
Awarded forExcellence in Australian television
Presented byTV Week
LocationMelbourne (held in Sydney 4 times)
First awarded15 January 1959
Official websiteLogie Awards
Television coverage
NetworkNine Network (1959-present)
ABC (1961-1965)
Seven Network (1989-1995)
Network Ten (1981-1993)
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Logie Award

TV Week Logie Award
Awarded forExcellence in Australian television
Presented byTV Week
LocationMelbourne (held in Sydney 4 times)
First awarded15 January 1959
Official websiteLogie Awards
Television coverage
NetworkNine Network (1959-present)
ABC (1961-1965)
Seven Network (1989-1995)
Network Ten (1981-1993)

The TV Week Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. Renamed by Graham Kennedy in 1960 after he won the first 'Star of the Year' award,[1] the name 'Logie' awards honours John Logie Baird, a Scotsman who invented the television as a practical medium. Awards are given in many categories, but the most widely-publicized award is the Gold Logie, which is awarded to the 'most popular personality on Australian television'. The Logie Award is the most prestigious award that could be received by an Australian actor in television.

Home and Away is the most successful program in Logies history, having won 38 awards since it premiered in 1988, followed by Neighbours with 30 Logies since it began in 1985, A Country Practice (29 awards over 12 years), and Blue Heelers (25 Logies over 12 years).



The first awards, known as the TV Week Awards, were instigated by TV Week magazine after the first voting coupons were released in the magazine in late 1958, two years after the introduction of television in Australia. The first awards saw no formal ceremony; they were presented on 15 January 1959 on an episode of In Melbourne Tonight. Only Melbourne television personalities were nominated and awards were given in eight categories, including two for American programs.[2]

The following year, Kennedy coined the name 'Logie Awards'. In the same year, the first Gold Logie, considered by some to be equivalent to the 'Star of the Year Award' presented in 1959, was presented.

The Logie statuette was designed by Alec De Lacy, chief designer for Melbourne-based trophy makers KG Luke Ltd.

In 1961 the awards ceremony was televised for the first time, with the ABC screening the first half hour of the awards in Sydney.

In 1968, there was no award for the Most Popular Female in Television. According to Bert Newton, who was hosting that year, "it appears no one was deemed worthy enough to receive it". He pleaded with the producers to never be put in that position again.[3]

In 1973 the media were invited for the first time to attend the Logies.

In 1984 the Hall of Fame Logie was introduced by TV Week to recognise outstanding and continued contribution to television by an individual or program with the induction of Hector Crawford.

In 1988 future international pop star Kylie Minogue became the youngest person to win a Gold Logie (aged 19), and in 2010 Ray Meagher became oldest person to win the award (age 66).

YearVenueHostBroadcasterGold Logie winner(s)
1959Awards presented on In Melbourne Tonight(Googie Withers - Guest Presenter)GTV-9Graham Kennedy
Panda Lisner
1960Savoy Hotel, Brighton, MelbourneHugh O'BrienGraham Kennedy
1961Chevron-Hilton Hotel, SydneyJimmy EdwardsABCBob Dyer
1962Chevron Hotel, MelbourneGerald Lyons (Awards Presented by Bob Dyer)ABCLorrae Desmond
Tommy Hanlon, Jr.
1963Chevron-Hilton Hotel, SydneyTony Hancock with Marie McDonaldNine Network[citation needed]Michael Charlton
1964On board the Lloyd Triestino Liner 'Marconi' ?Nine Network[citation needed]Bobby Limb
1965Palais De Dance, MelbourneGerald Lyons (Donna Douglas - Guest Presenter)ABC[citation needed]Jimmy Hannan
1966Southern Cross Hotel, Melbourne ?Nine Network[citation needed]Gordon Chater
1967The Zodiac Room on cruise liner the FairstarBert Newton (Vic Morrow - Guest Presenter)GTV-9Graham Kennedy
Hazel Phillips
1968Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkBrian Henderson
1969Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkGraham Kennedy
1970Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkBarry Crocker
Maggie Tabberer
1971Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkGerard Kennedy
Maggie Tabberer
1972Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkGerard Kennedy
1973Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkTony Barber
1974Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkGraham Kennedy
Pat McDonald
1975Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkErnie Sigley
Denise Drysdale
1976Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkNorman Gunston
Denise Drysdale
1977Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkDon Lane
Jeanne Little
1978Southern Cross Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkGraham Kennedy
1979Hilton Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkBert Newton
1980Hilton Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkMike Walsh
1981Centrepoint Convention Centre, SydneyMichael ParkinsonNetwork TenBert Newton
1982Hilton Hotel, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkBert Newton
1983Wentworth Regent Hotel, MelbourneMike WilleseeNetwork TenDaryl Somers
1984Hilton Hotel MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkBert Newton
1985World Trade Centre, MelbourneGreg EvansNetwork TenRowena Wallace
1986State Theatre, SydneyMike WilleseeNine NetworkDaryl Somers
1987Hyatt on Collins, MelbourneDon LaneNetwork TenRay Martin
1988Hyatt on Collins, MelbourneDaryl SomersNine NetworkKylie Minogue
1989Hyatt on Collins, MelbourneBert NewtonSeven NetworkDaryl Somers
1990Hyatt on Collins, MelbourneMark MitchellNetwork TenCraig McLachlan
1991World Congress Centre, MelbourneDaryl SomersNine NetworkSteve Vizard
1992Radisson President Hotel, MelbourneSteve Vizard[citation needed]Seven NetworkJana Wendt
1993Grand Hyatt, MelbourneBert NewtonNetwork TenRay Martin
1994World Congress Centre, MelbourneRay MartinNine NetworkRay Martin
1995Concert Hall, MelbourneAndrew Daddo
Noni Hazlehurst
Seven NetworkRay Martin
1996Melbourne Park Centre, MelbourneDaryl SomersNine NetworkRay Martin
1997Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneDaryl SomersNine NetworkLisa McCune
1998Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneDaryl SomersNine NetworkLisa McCune
1999Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneAndrew DentonNine NetworkLisa McCune
2000Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneAndrew DentonNine NetworkLisa McCune
2001Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneShaun MicallefNine NetworkGeorgie Parker
2002Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneWendy HarmerNine NetworkGeorgie Parker
2003Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneEddie McGuireNine NetworkRove McManus
2004Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneEddie McGuireNine NetworkRove McManus
2005Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneEddie McGuire
Rove McManus
Andrew O'Keefe
Nine NetworkRove McManus
2006Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneBert Newton
Ray Martin
Daryl Somers
Lisa McCune
Georgie Parker
Nine NetworkJohn Wood
2007Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneAdam Hills
Dave Hughes
Fifi Box
Nine NetworkKate Ritchie
2008Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneVarious HostsNine NetworkKate Ritchie
2009Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneGretel KilleenNine NetworkRebecca Gibney
2010Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneBert NewtonNine NetworkRay Meagher
2011Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneShane BourneNine NetworkKarl Stefanovic
2012Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, MelbourneN/ANine NetworkHamish Blake

Nomination and voting procedures

Many of the Logie categories are voted by the readers of TV Week magazine using coupons in the magazine and online forms. SMS (short message service) was introduced in 2006. Thus, the majority of Logie Awards are fan awards. The readership of TV Week is a relatively small proportion of the Australian population, and skews heavily to teenage girls.[4] The 'Most Outstanding' categories are voted on by a jury comprising members of the Australian TV industry and are thus industry awards.

In 2008, internet votes could be cast for the first time without having to buy a copy of the TV Week magazine.[5]

To be eligible to receive a Logie, a programme must be Australian produced, set in Australia and have a predominantly Australian cast. Although in other years there has been a Logie for Most Popular Foreign Programme, this award was not part of the 2007 or 2008 awards.

People eligible for a Logie must have appeared on an Australian-produced show that was broadcast on Australian television in the previous year. It's unknown whether someone who isn't an Australian but appears on an Australian-produced show that was broadcast on Australian television can be eligible for the award.

There are long-held suspicions that network publicists engage in mass voting to rig the results. However, no hard evidence has emerged for this, other than the experiment by the satirical newspaper The Chaser, who attempted to have low-profile SBS newsreader Anton Enus nominated for the Gold Logie. They did so by getting their small readership to buy copies of TV Week and vote for Enus for the award. While the attempt failed (they came "reasonably close", to earning a nomination for Enus, according to a "TV Week Insider"), their failure gives some cause for the widespread derision in the industry (particularly the 'quality' end) towards the popular-vote awards.[6]

There is nothing stopping Channel 31 personalities and shows being nominated for Logies, however since their audiences are far smaller than those of the commercial channels and public broadcasters, they are at a tremendous disadvantage. They do, however, have their own community television awards, known as the Antennas. Despite this, in 2009 The Logies were dogged by minor controversy after organisers refused to allow an acclaimed community television show, The Bazura Project, to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Comedy Show [1]. The ABC's Media Watch program first reported the story on Monday 9 March 2009 [2], with many media outlets covering the growing support for the community television program since.

Awards ceremony

The Logies ceremony is televised, and has generally become more elaborate in recent years. The awards have for the past 11 years been held in a ballroom in Melbourne's Crown Casino (rather than a theatre, which is common for the Emmy Awards and Academy Awards). Dinner is served just before the ceremony and drinks are served during the ceremony.

Bert Newton has been strongly associated with the history of the Logies. As well as winning the Gold Logie four times, he hosted the awards a total of 19 times. He has also performed in well-received guest appearances. One notable appearance was with Muhammad Ali as co-presenter in 1979. Newton made a comment "I like the boy!" (in reference to a series of TV advertisements Bert had recently done), that was seen as racist by Ali, although Newton claimed this was not his intention. Ali was upset at the comment and a full apology was issued by Newton and the Awards producers.

In 1973, American actor Michael Cole generated controversy after accepting an award while apparently drunk, uttering the word "shit" in a short, incoherent acceptance speech. This was the first time the word had been said on Australian television.[7] According to Bert Newton, Channel Nine received thousands of complaints about the use of the word, however, when it was edited for the repeat transmission "they got double the calls complaining it had been dropped.[3]

However, the most difficult guest to interact with, according to Newton was Vic Morrow in 1967. He would just stand there saying nothing, silently handing out the Logies. According to Bert, "every so often, I'd say 'how are you going, Vic?' and he would just nod his head."[3]

GTV-9/Nine Network is also strongly associated with the history of the Logies, particularly since the parent company Publishing and Broadcasting Limited now also owns TV Week. Nine has hosted the awards 35 times in their 49-year history.

Katy Perry (left) at the 2011 Awards and One Direction (right) at the 2012 Awards.

Public voting for the awards lasts for four weeks, usually beginning in early February, while the ceremony itself is in late April or early May. However, the voting for the 2011 Logie Awards began in December 2010 and ran for 12 weeks.

In 2011 Katy Perry performed an opening number and then presented the Best Children's Show award with comedy personalities Hamish and Andy. The 2011 ceremony also featured Shaun Micallef, Roy & HG, The Chaser and was hosted by Shane Bourne.

2012 saw One Direction and Delta Goodrem perform on the night and appearances of Flo Rida, Tony Bennett and Seal.

Award categories

Logies are currently awarded in the following categories:

Gold Logie

Silver Logie

Outstanding Awards

Most Wins


As of (and including) the 2010 Logies, Home and Away is the most successful program in Logies history, having won 38 awards since it premiered in 1988. Neighbours is the second most successful having won 30 Logies since it began in 1985. A Country Practice follows as the third most successful programme, having won 29 awards throughout its twelve year run. Blue Heelers is fourth with 25 Logies.


Television personalities with the most national wins (excluding state-based Logie awards) are:

RankNameTotal WinsAwards Won
1Rove McManus103 Gold Logies (2003 – 05) and 7 consecutive Most Popular Presenter (2003 – 09)
2Bert Newton94 Gold Logies (1979, 1981, 1982, 1984), 4 Best Compere (1970, 1972 – 74), Hall of Fame inductee (1988)
=3Graham Kennedy86 Gold Logies (1959, 1960, 1967, 1969; 1974, 1978), 1 Special Gold Logie - Star of the Decade (1967), Hall of Fame inductee (1998), 10 state Logies
=3Daryl Somers83 Gold Logies (1983, 1986, 1989), 3 Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality (1993, 1995 – 97), 1 Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Personality (1990) and 1 Most Popular Comedy Personality (1995)
=3Ray Martin85 Gold Logies (1987, 1993 – 96), 2 TV Reporter of the Year (1981, 1983), 1 Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality (1995)

Actors / Actresses with the most national wins:

RankNameTotal WinsAwards Won
1Lisa McCune101 New Talent (1995), 5 Most Popular Actress (1996 – 2000) and 4 Gold Logies (1997 – 2000)
2Georgie Parker71 New Talent (1990), 4 Most Popular Actress (1991 – 1993, 2001), 2 Gold Logies (2001, 2002)
=3Kate Ritchie52 Gold Logies (2007, 2008), 3 Most Popular Actress (2006 – 2008)
=3Martin Sacks55 Most Popular Actor (1997 – 2001)

See also


  1. ^ "Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent". ninemsn.com.au. http://tvweek.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=82051. 
  2. ^ Crook, Frank (2 May 2008). "Logies celebrate 50 years". The Daily Telegraph (News.com.au). http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23633064-5015730,00.html. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c TV Week magazine, March 13, 1993, pages 16-18. "The Way We Were" text by Bert Newtson, edited by Chrissie Camp.
  4. ^ "TV Week Media Kit" (Press release). ACP. http://download.mediakitmanager.com/ACP%5CMajor%20Womens%5CMediaKit-TV+Week.pdf. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Logies voting switch a boon". Herald Sun (News.com.au). 4 February 2008. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23153101-5006022,00.html. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Chris (17 May 2003). "The insider". smh.com.au. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/16/1052885405024.html. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "The Logies". ABC. http://www.abc.net.au/thingo/txt/s1088100.htm. 

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