TV Tonight also looks forward to the In Memoriam section to pay tribute to those we lost since the last ceremony. Actors, producers, writers, execs, critics and more….
The television event is usually around 40 minutes delayed from proceedings at Crown. Media huddled into the media room are signed to confidentiality agreements that prevent them from publishing any details before they go to air on Nine. Most will just want a photo of the winner holding their award. Questions coming from the floor are often a struggle -harder still if you won for documentary or news coverage.
Last year celebrities in the Palladium shocked organisers by sending out results via Twitter. This week Wil Anderson joked that he thought his phone might be confiscated to prevent him from being one of those who repeated it. That’s unlikely. Twitter will be unstoppable once again, if you don’t mind the Spoiling.
After the event there is a short party for all guests before stars and execs divide into separate celebrations, hosted by their respective networks. Any media attending are instructed these are strictly ‘off the record’ events.
Host Bert Newton (also revealed here first) will surely put in a memorable performance, as a consummate ad-libbing compere. Presenters would be advised not to try and upstage him. But it also raises the question, where to from here Bert? Could a triumph at the Logies be a fitting TV swansong to a stellar career? After all, it can hardly be topped by more 20 to 1 episodes. With GTV9 due to exit its Richmond studios in early 2011, it will be the end of an era. But try and stop him. Even at 71, Bert just loves to work.
The Logies will also trigger headlines for the rest of the week. With all those egos in one room there will be fallout. Just ask Karl Stefanovic.
And while there continues to be debate -and there should be debate- about the voting and staging of the Logies, there is no mistaking the 52 year history by these awards. No other A-List event in the country resonates so successfully with media and public alike. AFI Awards, ARIA Awards, Brownlow Medal, ASTRA Awards, MTV Awards, IF Awards, Kid’s Choice Awards, fashion, literary, movie premieres and sporting pie nights -all bow down to TV’s night of nights.