Bert Newton will host the 2010 TV Week Logie Awards.
The veteran performer will front television’s night of nights solo for the 19th time on May 2nd.
Newton’s announcement, to be published in tomorrow’s TV Week magazine, follows the maligned 2009 hosting by Gretel Killeen.
Most of the industry view the role as a ‘poisoned chalice’ but Newton’s association with the event is legendary. He last had presenting duties in 2006 when he shared with Ray Martin, Daryl Somers, Lisa McCune and Georgie Parker. His last solo hosting was in 1993, but he has previously stolen the night when presenting the Gold Logie.
Newton will continue his trademark ad-libbing this year, only agreeing to the gig if his role was unscripted.
“I would hate to have to do a show like the Logies and be totally scripted,” he tells TV Week. “I wouldn’t do it under those circumstances.”
Also confirmed for the event are Susan Boyle, John Mayer and ARIA winner Gabriella Cilmi.
The Logies remains at Crown Casino and the Nine Network for 2010.
Source: TV Week.