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Encyclopedia > Logie Awards

The Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. They are the approximate Australian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. The name of the awards honours John Logie Baird who invented television as a practical medium. 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... An Emmy Award. ... John Logie Baird (August 14, 1888 – June 14, 1946) was a Scottish engineer, who is best known for being one of the pioneers of television. ...

The Gold Logie, and many of the other Logies, are awarded by the Readers of TV Week magazine send in coupons with votes in various categories. Thus, the 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. The winners of the awards tend to reflect this; new teenage cast members in Home and Away or Neighbours generally win the "best new talent" awards. Television acting doyen John Wood is perhaps the best-known single "victim" of this skew, having been nominated for the Gold Logie nine times but never receiving the award. TV WEEK is a weekly television magazine in Australia, first published as a Melbourne-only publication in 1957 (as TV-Radio WEEK) and bearing a strong affiliation to television station GTV-9. ... For an alternate meaning, see Fan (implement). ... TV WEEK is a weekly television magazine in Australia, first published as a Melbourne-only publication in 1957 (as TV-Radio WEEK) and bearing a strong affiliation to television station GTV-9. ... Home and Away is a weeknightly half-hour television soap opera produced in Australia. ... Neighbours is a long-running Australian television soap opera, running daily episodes of 25 minutes, time excluding commercials. ... John Wood (born July 14, 1946 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian actor, well known for his role as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in the Seven Networks long running police drama Blue Heelers. ...

The Logies are held in somewhat of a low regard both within the Australian television industry and outside of it. The industry itself is small and parochial enough to have few serious candidates. Particular individuals (such as Lisa McCune) and television shows are repeatedly re-nominated, regardless of the quality and quantity of their work in recent years. Journalists in particular will often seek to win peer-revied awards rather than anything in the popular vote category.

There are also conspiracy theories 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 nearly saw low-profile SBS newsreader Anton Enis win the Gold Logie. They did so by getting their small readership to buy copies of TV Week and vote for Enis for the award. While the attempt failed (narrowly, according to reports), their failure gives some indication of the widespread derision in the industry (particularly the "quality" end) towards the popular-vote awards. This proposed logo for a US government agency was dropped due to fears that its Masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories A conspiracy theory is a theory that claims an event or series of events is the result of secret manipulations by two or more individuals or an organization, rather... The Chaser is a satirical Australian newspaper and web site, known for pushing the limits as to what they publish. ... See: Special Broadcasting Service - Australian government-funded Radio and TV network Said Business School - Oxford Universitys business school. ...

As well as the popular awards, there are awards for "most outstanding" achievements for actors, presenters, and various categories of programs judged by an industry jury. These are generally taken more seriously.

The Logies ceremony is itself televised, and has generally become slicker and more elaborate in recent years (though it lacks the budget, and thus the polish, of American awards ceremonies). The awards are now held in a ballroom (rather than the theatre common for the Emmies and Oscars) and drinks are served during the ceremony. Stories of drunken debauchery from the afterparty often circulate in the local gossip columns for some time afterwards.

Bert Newton is strongly associated with the history of the Logies in many people's minds. As well winning the Gold Logie several times, he hosted the awards a total of 18 times. Albert Watson Bert Newton (born 23 July 1938), Australian television performer, was born in Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne. ...

Logie Awards are currently made in the following categories:


Gold Logie

  • Most Popular Personality on TV

Silver Logie

  • Silver Logie Most Popular Actor
  • Silver Logie Most Popular Actress
  • Silver Logie Most Popular TV Presenter


  • Most Popular New Male Talent
  • Most Popular New Female Talent
  • Most Popular Sports Program
  • Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy
  • Most Popular Australian Drama
  • Most Popular Reality
  • Most Popular Lifestyle
  • Most Popular Overseas
  • Most Popular Overseas
  • Most Popular Overseas TV

Outstanding Awards

  • Most Outstanding Drama
  • Most Outstanding Actor In A Drama
  • Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama
  • Most Outstanding Miniseries
  • Most Outstanding News
  • Most Outstanding Public Affairs
  • Most Outstanding Documentary
  • Most Outstanding Comedy Program
  • Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
  • Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program
  • Most Outstanding Children's Program


The 2004 Logie Awards were presented 18 April 2004. ... In 1984, TV Week initiated the Hall of Fame Logie - an industry-voted category awarded to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals to the Australian television industry. ... A list of famous prizes, medals, and awards including cups, trophies, bowls, badges, state decorations etc. ...

External links

  • "The Insider", Chris Taylor, Sydney Morning Herald, May 17 2003 (http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/16/1052885405024.html) - article describing the Logies, as well as a comic attempt to rig the Gold Logie voting process

  Results from FactBites:
Logie Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (630 words)
Awards are given in many categories, but the most widely-publicised award (if not necessarily the most prestigious) is the Gold Logie, which is awarded to the "most popular personality on Australian television".
The Gold Logie voting system was changed in 2006 to allow SMS voting by the wider public, and after a considerable publicity campaign for Wood he finally received the award that year.
The awards are now held in a ballroom in Melbourne's Crown Casino (rather than a theatre, which is common for the Emmies and Oscars) and drinks are served during the ceremony.
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