“The TV Week Logies is loved because it is a live event, with viewers at home enjoying seeing the red-carpet glamour and the entertainment community coming together to celebrate the television industry.”
The Logies were to be held on the Gold Coast at The Star on June 28th. They will be held on the Gold Coast in 2021 and will also comprise awards that were eligible for 2020.
“All parties agree the most positive outcome is to not hold the TV WEEK Logies, including public voting, in 2020, but to stage an even bigger event on the Gold Coast in 2021,” Ms Connolly said.
“We would like to thank Queensland for being a wonderful Logies host and partner in delivering this event over the past two years and we cannot wait to return to The Star Gold Coast next year.
“We will return in 2021 with an epic event that will take into consideration the 12 months of television just past, as well as all programs that will air for the remainder of this year.”
Singer and actor Rhonda Burchmore called on the Australian entertainment industry to get into the spirit of the ceremony at home.
“I think in honour of the Logies being cancelled on June 28 this year due to COVID we should all dress up at home and post our red carpet splendour online,” Burchmore tweeted.
Last year’s Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson – who offended some with his irreverent winning speech last year – didn’t seem too fussed about the decision:
Long-time ABC television journalist Barrie Cassidy said the decision to cancel the ceremony was “insane”.
“The Logies are not an event,” he tweeted. “They are a series of awards. Why would you now hand them out anyway for the record!”
The Logies have been postponed before, in 1963 when host and British comedian Tony Hancock called off his trip to Australia. They were eventually held later in the year.
The Logies were meant to go ahead with a revamped format for 2020, with a raft of changes planned.
The Gold Logie winner, for example, would have to prove a high television audience, a strong social media presence and score well with a “panel of experts” under the new rules.
Anthony is a sports and general news reporter at The Age.