Obituary: Harry M Miller

Harry M Miller, celebrity agent, producer and publicist, has died peacefully at the age of 84.

New Zealand born Miller came to Australia in the early 1960s. He brought acts like Judy Garland, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys to Australia. He also produced the first Australian production of the legendary ’60s musical Hair, introducing a 16-year-old Marcia Hines to Australia and also launching the career of John Waters. He also brought the musical Jesus Christ Superstar to Australia, featuring Hines, Jon English and Trevor White. Twenty years later he revived the same show in an arena setting starring Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and John Farnham.

He was the prolific celebrity agent, managing the careers of some of Australia’s highest profile talent including Graham Kennedy, Barry Humphries, Maggie Tabberer and, at the other end of the scale, Big Brother contestants.

Kennedy’s association with Miller came to an abrupt end after 20 years in 1989, with Kennedy famously firing him by fax. Miller took Kennedy to court, and lost.

Miller was married three times and had a long term relationship with model turned TV presenter Deborah Hutton.

Miller retired in 2009 amid failing health and was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.

Harry M Miller is survived by five children and his partner Simmone Logue.

Source: News.com.au, Sydney Morning Herald. King: The Life And Comedy Of Graham Kennedy, Graeme Blundell.

 

 

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The 60th TV Week Logie Awards

Network Ten personality Grant Denyer was the winner of the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 60th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The former Family Feud host, and soon to be host of Ten’s new Game Of Games, ranked ahead of fellow nominees Rodger Corser, Tracy Grimshaw, Amanda Keller, Jessica Marais and Andrew Winter. Denyer, who also won the Logie for Most Popular Presenter, gave an emotional acceptance speech when collecting the Gold, paying tribute to his wife Cheryl and attributing Family Feud for getting him out of low point in his career.

Denyer was not the favourite to win the award. Industry stalwarts Tracy Grimshaw and Amanda Keller were tipped to take out the Gold. Possibly instrumental in Denyer’s win was a last ditch campaign by comedian Tom Gleeson plugging for votes for Denyer in the week leading up to the awards presentation. It is far from the first time that an active campaign has seen a Gold Logie win determined. Karl Stefanovic acknowledged Nine’s heavy campaigning for him to get votes ahead of his win in 2011. Even back in 1976, comedy character Norman Gunston (Garry McDonald) campaigned for Gold Logie votes and became the first fictional character, and one of only a few ABC personalities, to win the popular voted award.

The awards were held at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland, the first time that the Logies was hosted outside of Melbourne or Sydney. There was no appointed host of the awards but rather the passing parade of TV personalities as presenters throughout the night. Dave Hughes presented his now-traditional opening monologue. Other presenters to appear on stage through the evening included Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Dr Chris Brown, Johanna Griggs, Osher Gunsberg, Georgie Parker, Bernard Curry, Deborah Mailman, Rebecca Maddern, Scott Cam, Shaun Micallef, Edwina Bartholomew, Tina Bursill, Abby Earl, Georgie Gardner, Virginia Trioli, Robert Irwin, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Jeffery, Rob Collins, Carrie Bickmore, Richard WilkinsRyan Johnson and overseas guest, NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama.

Shane Jacobson interviewed the Gold Logie nominees through the night, and Julia Morris, a regular highlight at Logies nights in recent years, performed a musical tribute to the Logies including a take on the “Me Too” movement.


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Also to perform on the night were Kate Ceberano, Conrad Sewell, UK artists Jess Glynn and Dap Caplen, Kelly Rowlands and The Voice winner Sam Perry.

Comedian Tony Martin was an unusual choice as booth announcer for the night, a definite departure from more straight voice over deliveries in the past. Some of the gags worked well, others perhaps less so. But it was a welcome change to a presentation that has differed little over the years.

Logies legend Bert Newton took to the stage to present the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent. Despite Newton’s usually flawless Logies appearances, this one was perhaps not his greatest. Making some casual gags about his late former colleagues Kennedy and Don Lane implying some untoward behaviour with young performers behind closed doors under the guise of “mentoring” was deemed too offensive for some and cringeworthy to others in light of the current “Me Too” era, of which Australian TV has not been immune. Newton also used a derogatory gay term to mock himself that he had done many times over in years gone by, but in 2018 perhaps the time for that sort of reference has passed. Given Newton’s over 60 years in the industry and almost as many associated with the Logie Awards themselves, it would be unfair to tarnish Newton’s enduring contribution based on a couple of off-colour gags but this appearance would not be regarded as a highlight.

Jana Wendt took to the stage, making her first television appearance in years, to induct 60 Minutes into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. This year marks the program’s 40th year on air. On stage to accept the award were reporters past and present and the show’s founding executive producer, Gerald Stone. 60 Minutes is the fifth program, and the first from Nine, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since the award was inaugurated in 1984.

Foxtel drama Wentworth was a hit on the night, collecting three Logies — the most of any program on the night. The series won Most Popular Drama and Most Outstanding Drama as well as Pamela Rabe winning Most Outstanding Actress for her performance as prison governor turned inmate Joan “The Freak” Ferguson.

Foxtel also won with Gogglebox Australia collecting the award for Most Popular Entertainment Program.

Streaming website Stan picked up two Logies — Romper Stomper for Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series, and series star Jacqueline McKenzie for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress.

It was a night of slim pickings for the two top-rating networks, Seven and Nine. Nine collected three Logies, and one of them was technically shared with Network Ten. Jessica Marais, from Nine’s Love Child and Ten’s The Wrong Girl, won Most Popular Actress. Nine also won with The Block for Most Popular Reality Program, and 60 Minutes for the Hall of Fame.

The Seven Network came away with just one award for the night, Home And Away‘s Ray Meagher for Most Popular Actor. Meagher dedicated his Logie to his former on-screen colleague Cornelia Frances, who passed away earlier this year.

ABC collected awards for Four Corners and War On Waste, with actor Hugo Weaving winning Most Outstanding Supporting Actor for Seven Types Of Ambiguity. The Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular Talent went to Dilruk Jayasinha, who appeared on ABC’s Utopia and also Ten’s CRAM!

As well as Grant Denyer’s two Logies, Network Ten also won Logies for The Living Room and Have You Been Paying Attention? and its coverage of the Bathurst 1000.

Children’s animated feature Little J & Big Cuz won for SBS’s indigenous channel NITV, while SBS drama series Safe Harbour also won an award for Hazem Shammas for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor.

In ratings terms, the four-hour TV Week Logie Awards telecast was watched by an average of 852,000 (5 cities, OzTAM) in overnight preliminary numbers. It was a decline from last year’s 972,000. The Red Carpet Arrivals as the awards prelude was watched by 840,000.

The Nine Network won the night with a share of 34.3%, followed by Seven (29.8%), Ten (15.8%), ABC (13.4%) and SBS (6.7%). Nine’s primary channel was the highest rated individual channel on 26.6%, almost seven points clear of runner up Seven (19.7%)

Public-voted awards:

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TV
Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Ray Meagher (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR PRESENTER
Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
Dilruk Jayasinha (CRAM!, Network Ten; Utopia, ABC)

MOST POPULAR DRAMA PROGRAM
Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
The Block (Nine Network)

MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
The Living Room (Network Ten)

Industry-voted awards:

GOLD LOGIE — HALL OF FAME
60 Minutes

MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Romper Stomper (Stan)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR
Hugo Weaving (Alex Klima, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson, Wentworth, Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Hazem Shammas (Ismail Al-Bayati, Safe Harbour, SBS)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jacqueline McKenzie (Gabe Jordan, Romper Stomper, Stan)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Little J & Big Cuz (NITV)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
Bathurst 1000 (Network Ten)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
“The Siege” (Four Corners, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
War On Waste (ABC)

Source: TV Week

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

 

 

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TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

Former Home And Away star Kate Ritchie won her second TV Week Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 50th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held on 4 May 2008 at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium and telecast on the Nine Network.

The 50th annual awards marked some significant changes from tradition. For the first time voting did not necessitate the purchase of TV Week magazine. Magazine readers could still, however, opt to vote the old-fashioned way by filling in a two-page voting form and posting it in to TV Week.

As in previous years, viewers also had a further chance to vote for the Gold Logie winner in the weeks leading up to the awards, being able to choose from the eight short-listed nominees: Natalie Blair (Neighbours), Andrew Denton (Enough Rope), Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks), John Howard (All Saints), Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High), Lisa McCune (Sea Patrol), Rove McManus (Rove) and Ritchie.

As well as winning Gold, Ritchie also won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress.  The double win marked a fairytale end to her 20 years as Sally Fletcher in the long-running soap. “I almost feel guilty about how perfect it is,” she told TV Week at the time. “If it was in a script, everyone would go: ‘Oh, that’s so lovely and that’s exactly how it was meant to be’.” Since leaving Home And Away, Ritchie had started a new career in radio, at Sydney’s Nova.

Home And Away also won the Logie for Most Popular Australian Drama, while series actor Lincoln Lewis (pictured) won the Logie for Most Popular New Male Talent.

Chris Lilley missed out on the Gold Logie but he did win the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for his starring role(s) in the ABC series Summer Heights High. Lilley not only created and wrote the comedy series, but he also starred as the show’s three principal characters — over-confident exchange student Ja’ime King, the high school’s over-ambitious drama teacher Mr G and rebellious student Jonah Takalua. Summer Heights High, a follow up project from We Can Be Heroes, was also awarded Most Outstanding Comedy Program.

Rove McManus won the TV Week Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter. The win came after a year where he took an extended break from TV following the death of his wife Belinda Emmett late in 2006. His return to TV in 2007 was marked with Rove moving to Sunday nights and later in the year he began as host of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. 

The Seven Network’s Dancing With The Stars won the Logie for Most Popular Reality Program, an award won in previous years by Australian Idol. Despite the win, Daryl Somers said that he did not regret leaving the show as he did at the end of the previous series. “I’m still happy with my decision,” he told TV Week. “Gut-feel got me into the show and gut-feel got me out, but it’s a nice way to end it all.”

The year marked the launch of a new category — Most Popular Factual Program. Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue won the award ahead of Border Security, Choir Of Hard Knocks, RPA and RSPCA Animal Rescue. However, Choir Of Hard Knocks did collect the Logie for Most Outstanding Factual Series.

Kath And Kim, which made the switch to the Seven Network from ABC in 2007, won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program.

The Gold Logie for the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame was awarded to comedian, writer and actor John Clarke.  New Zealand-born Clarke came to fame in Australia in the 1970s but his most famous role was in his mock television interviews performed with Bryan Dawe, initially on A Current Affair but later moved to The 7.30 Report before becoming a separate program, Clarke And Dawe, for ABC. “I feel very honoured,” Clarke told TV Week at the time. “It’s always a bit of an honour when someone thinks you’ve done something worthwhile.”

Stephen Curry won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his portrayal of Graham Kennedy in the Foxtel/TV1 telemovie The King. The Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress went to Alison Whyte of the Foxtel/Showcase drama Satisfaction.

The Australian Story episode Some Meaning In This Life: Belinda Emmett won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.

The ABC documentary Constructing Australia: The Bridge won the Logie for Most Outstanding Documentary. The one-hour documentary traced the history of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge to coincide with the landmark’s 75th anniversary.

Winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent was actress Tammy Clarkson from SBS series The Circuit.

In a break with tradition, the 50th annual TV Week Logie Awards had no single or even group of hosts but rather relied on presenters over the course of the show — representing five decades of the Logies — including Daryl Somers, Rebecca Gibney, Eddie McGuire, Helen Kapalos, Rose Byrne, Vince Colosimo, Rodger Corser, John Blackman, William McInnes, Dannii Minogue, Adam Hills, Denise Drysdale, Kate Ritchie, Patti Newton, Richard Wilkins, Johanna Griggs, Garry McDonald, Georgie Parker, Rove McManus, Shaun Micallef, Sonia Kruger, Peter Helliar and, to present the Gold Logie, Bert Newton.

Jules Lund, Shelley Craft and Livinia Nixon hosted the Logies red carpet arrivals, while Hamish Blake and Andy Lee hosted the backstage interviews.

Irish boy band Westlife were the special overseas guests, to perform their new single Something Right. Also performing on the night were the top 10 contestants from So You Think You Can Dance.


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Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Kate Ritchie

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Chris Lilley
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Kate Ritchie
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Kath And Kim
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (AFL)
Most Popular New Male Talent: Lincoln Lewis
Most Popular New Female Talent: Bindi Irwin (pictured)
Most Popular Reality Program: Dancing With The Stars
Most Popular Factual Program: Bondi Rescue
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Better Homes And Gardens
Most Popular Australian Drama: Home And Away

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: John Clarke

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Stephen Curry
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Alison Whyte (pictured)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini-Series Or Telemovie: Curtin

Most Outstanding News Coverage: “Garuda Plane Crash”, Seven News
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: “Some Meaning In This Life: Belinda Emmett”, Australian Story
Most Outstanding Documentary: Constructing Australia: The Bridge
Most Outstanding Factual Series: Choir Of Hard Knocks
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Summer Heights High
Most Outstanding Sports Program: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Lockie Leonard

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Tammy Clarkson

Source: TV Week, 17 May 2008

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TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

The Nine Network‘s Midday host Ray Martin won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 35th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on 19 March 1993 and telecast on Network Ten.

For Martin (pictured on TV Week‘s front cover with Silver Logie winners Gary Sweet and Georgie Parker), the Gold follows his recent foray into prime-time specials which have been ratings winners. “The Logies and the Gold Logie — it’s the biggest game in town,” he told TV Week. “I remember (producer) Peter Faiman saying to someone once, ‘Don’t take it seriously, it’s only an award to sell magazines’. But it’s more than that. The public see it as a sign of the times, and yeah, I deserve it, but so do those other three people (Gold nominees Georgie Parker, Daryl Somers and Bruce Samazan) tonight.” The win is Martin’s second Gold Logie, having won the popular-voted award once before in 1987.

Police Rescue star Gary Sweet managed to achieve a Logies first — collecting awards for both Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor on Australian TV. It was the first time that an actor had collected both public and peer Silver Logies in the one year.

“What’s fulfilling and satisfying is that people out there are voting for, and watching, Police Rescue and the ABC. It’s true. I wish everyone in the cast and crew could have won a Logie. I respect everyone I work with so much,” he said on the night.

Former A Country Practice star Georgie Parker won her third Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress on Australian TV. Although she was no longer being seen on the popular Seven Network series, Parker was far from being idle. Since leaving the show she had been appearing on All Together Now, GP and Acropolis Now.

Not even taking a tumble on stage could stop Rhonda Burchmore from finishing her dance routine with David Atkins and the Tap Boys. “I certainly woke a few people up,” she joked. But after the fall on stage she leapt to her feet and finished the number to receive a huge ovation from the crowd. Also performing on the night were John Farnham and Tom Jones, singing the AC/DC classic It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock n’ Roll, and the Logies’ opening number featuring Hey Dad! stars Rachael Beck and Julie McGregor, dancer Todd McKenney, E Street star Kelley Abbey and child guitarist Nathan Cavaleri. And the crowd also had a standing ovation for host Bert Newton as he entered the stage to begin hosting his 18th Logies. “I love hosting the Logies and when you genuinely feel that way, I think it makes a difference,” he told TV Week. It was his first Logies hosting since 1989.

It was a night of mixed emotions for E Street star Simon Denny. The 23-year-old actor had won the Logie for Most Popular New Talent but despite the celebration he was also contemplating unemployment. Network Ten had axed E Street just the day before. “What concerns me about all this is almost 200 people are going to be out of work and that is pretty daunting,” he told TV Week. “The axing is also disturbing from a personal point of view. One minute I’m winning this award and being placed into a star category, but in 10 weeks’ time I’m going to be unemployed.” After subsequent roles in GP, Home And Away, Naked, Heartbreak High and Sweat, Denny would become a hit in Hollywood in the film LA Confidential. He later became Simon Baker and a successful actor on US television with lead roles in The Guardian and The Mentalist.

The Seven Network’s Tracks Of Glory won Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series, while series star Cameron Daddo won the Logie for Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series. Josephine Byrnes, of Ten’s The Other Side Of Paradise, won Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series.

It was a double Logie win for Hey Hey It’s Saturday, with the program winning Most Popular Light Entertainment Program and host Daryl Somers (pictured with wife Julie da Costa) winning Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality.

Meanwhile, Seven’s Fast Forward won Most Popular Comedy Program, while Acropolis Now star Mary Coustas received the Logie for Most Popular Comedy Personality.

Leading the industry-voted awards, veteran TV producer Reg Grundy, the man behind popular Australian shows including Prisoner, The Restless Years, The Young Doctors, Sons And Daughters, Sale Of The Century, Neighbours and Wheel Of Fortune, became the 10th inductee into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame.

Typically, ABC scored well in the industry-voted Most Outstanding categories. Apart from Reg Grundy’s Hall of Fame and regional television network Prime taking out the regional category, it was pretty much a clean sweep by ABC — including The Leaving Of Liverpool for Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series, Mother And Son‘s Ruth Cracknell for Most Outstanding Actress, and ABC News for its coverage of the Bangkok riots.

Teenage actress Tracie Sammut (pictured) was awarded a Special Achievement Logie for her work in the ABC series GP. At the time Sammut was one of just two actors in the world with Down’s syndrome who have regular roles in a television series (the other is Christopher Burke in US series Life Goes On). In her acceptance speech she had a special message for her father Louis, who was ill in a Sydney hospital, and thanked the ABC “for putting up with me”.

Apart from Tom Jones, overseas guests included John Spencer (LA Law) and Vanessa Williams (Melrose Place).

TV Week Logie Winners 1993: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Ray Martin

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Gary Sweet (Police Rescue)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice, Acropolis Now)

Most Popular Series: Home And Away (Seven)
Most Popular Telemovie or Mini-Series: Tracks Of Glory (Seven)
Most Popular Actor in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: Cameron Daddo (Tracks Of Glory)
Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: Josephine Byrnes (The Other Side Of Paradise)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Nine)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)
Most Popular Comedy Program: Fast Forward (Seven)
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Mary Coustas (Acropolis Now)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair (Nine)
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard (Nine)
Most Popular Music Video: Everything’s Alright (Kate Ceberano, John Farnham, Jon Stevens)
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Olympic Games (Seven)
Most Popular New Talent: Simon Denny (E Street)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Seven)

TV Week Logie Winners 1993: Industry Voting Categories:

Gold Logie –TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall Of Fame: Reg Grundy

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Gary Sweet (Police Rescue)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Ruth Cracknell (Mother And Son)

Most Outstanding Telemovie or Mini-Series: The Leaving Of Liverpool (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement in News: “Bangkok Riots”, ABC
Most Outstanding Series: Phoenix (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs: The Investigators (ABC)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary or Series: Cop It Sweet (ABC), Faces In The Mob (ABC).

Special Achievement Award: Tracie Sammut (GP)

Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: Stranded (Prime)

Source: TV Week, 27 March 1993

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TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Bandstand host and TCN9 Sydney newsreader Brian Henderson won the Gold Logie for most popular personality on Australian television for 1967 at the 10th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel on Friday 22 March 1968 and telecast on the Nine Network. The awards were hosted by Bert Newton for the second time running.

Henderson’s versatility — ranging from presenting commercials to reading the news to hosting the country’s most successful pop music program — had made him popular with viewers and TV Week readers of all ages. At the time he was reported to be halfway through a contract with Nine that saw him paid $160,000 over five years.

Although the Logies had awarded Gold awards to both male and female personalities the previous year, TV Week had made the decision not to award a Gold to a female in 1968. Logies organisers had decided that there was no female star to dominate or appear nationally on TV through 1967.

Patricia Amphlett — “Little Pattie” — at the age of 19 one of the star performers on Bandstand, won the Logie for Best Teenage Personality. The award came after she had completed a tour of South East Asia.

Bobby Limb‘s Sound Of Music, by this stage in its fifth year on air, won the Logie for Best Australian Show. The win represented a highlight for the show after host Limb had taken time off for cancer surgery.

Bob Dyer, host of the long-running Pick A Box and a TV Week Gold Logie winner in 1961, was awarded TV Quizmaster of the Decade. He and wife Dolly had taken Pick A Box from a radio show to becoming a TV hit, making it Australia’s most successful quiz show in over ten years of television.

Best New Show of 1967 was won by ABC‘s This Day Tonight, the first program to gain widespread interest in nightly current affairs.

The Seven Network sitcom My Name’s McGooley What’s Yours won the Logie for Best Australian Comedy for the second year running. The series, starring John Meillon, Gordon Chater (pictured) and Judi Farr, was into its third series.

Drama series Homicide, top of the ratings in Melbourne and Australia’s most popular locally made program, won the Logie for Best Drama for the fourth year running. Producer Hector Crawford summed up Homicide‘s success. “The reasons for its wonderful success are really quite simple,” he told TV Week. “The first is that Australians know best how to entertain Australians. The second is that Homicide has only barely a quarter the budget of similar American shows. Because of this everybody connected with Homicide has developed a sort of genius for finding ways of doing things better and faster.”

Homicide

Nine Network‘s documentary series Project 67 won the Logie for Outstanding Australian Television Contribution of 1967 for Days Of Destiny, reporting on the Israeli war.

Melbourne-based sports commentator Ron Casey, host of HSV7‘s World Of Sport, won the Logie for TV Sportscaster of the Year. Casey gained national fame for his coverage of Lionel Rose‘s world title fight in Tokyo. As well as commentating Australian Rules football he had also covered boxing, racing, wrestling, tennis and Olympic athletics.

The Logie Award for Best Commercial was won by Alka-Seltzer.

British sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, a surprise hit for ABC, won the award for Best Overseas Show.

State-based award categories were dominated by variety and game shows and personalities.

International guests at the awards presentation were Peter Breck (Big Valley), Chris George (Rat Patrol), Cheryl Miller (Daktari) and Violet Carson (Coronation Street). Carson’s tour of Australia saw the Coronation Street star mobbed and cheered by crowds wherever she went.

National awards:

Gold Logie — Best Male Personality: Brian Henderson
Gold Logie — Best Female Personality: (Not awarded)

Best Teenage Personality: Patricia Amphlett

Patricia Amphlett (“Little Pattie”) accepting her Logie Award from Violet Carson and Bert Newton

TV Quizmaster Of The Decade: Bob Dyer

TV Sportscaster Of The Year: Ron Casey 

Best Australian Show: Sound Of Music
Best Drama Series: Homicide
Best Australian Comedy: My Name’s McGooley What’s Yours
Best New Show: This Day Tonight

Best Overseas Show: Till Death Us Do Part

Outstanding Australian Television Contribution: “Days Of Destiny” (Project ’67)

Best Commercial: Alka-Seltzer

State-based awards (Best Male Personality, Best Female Personality, Best Show):

NSW: Don Lane, Dita Cobb, Tonight
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Rosie Sturgess, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Ron Cadee, Jill McCann, I’ve Got A Secret
SA: Ernie Sigley, Anne Wills, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: Lindsay Edwards, Caroline Schmit, Line-Up

Source: TV Week, 30 March 1968, 25 December 1968.

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Obituary: Liz Jackson

Former ABC journalist and presenter Liz Jackson has died at the age of 67.

The award-winning journalist was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014. She later documented her battle with the illness in A Sense Of Self, which aired on ABC in November 2016 and earned her a Walkley Award last year.

She was with her husband Martin Butler on holiday in Greece when she passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Jackson joined ABC radio in 1986 and moved to television in 1993 to Four Corners, including a stint as host. She also hosted Media Watch in 2005. As well as nine Walkley Awards, including a Gold Walkley in 2006, she also won three TV Week Logie Awards for outstanding journalism.

Jackson resigned from ABC in 2013, intending “to getting fit and healthy in my new stress-free existence. But it wasn’t to be.” The Parkinson’s diagnosis followed eighteen months later.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie paid tribute to Jackson: “Liz Jackson was one of the greats of the ABC, an incredible journalist who inspired all around her and who Australians turned to with complete trust. Her work has informed and shaped this country. Her enormous talent, fearless integrity and unflinching courage will serve as a beacon for many generations of journalists and storytellers to come.”

Liz Jackson is survived by her husband and two children.

Source: ABC, ABCSydney Morning Herald, Wikipedia

 

 

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Philip Brady in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Philip Brady in 1965

Veteran radio and television identity Philip Brady has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Brady, who earlier this year celebrated 60 years in the industry, has appeared across variety shows including In Melbourne Tonight and The Graham Kennedy Show and hosted quiz and game shows Concentration, Everybody’s Talking, Password, Casino 10 and The Money Makers. 

He has also been a guest on shows including The Late ShowGood Morning Australia and The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

He currently co-hosts radio 3AW‘s Remember When and Nightline programs.

Other media identities in this year’s list include:

Gordon Bennett — “For service to the television broadcast industry, and to the community”. Bennett started as a cameraman for HSV7 and went on to be a producer of sports coverage for HSV and the Seven Network for over 40 years and also a producer of The Royal Children’s Good Friday Appeal.

Robert Crawford — “For service to the performing and visual arts, and as an author. ” Crawford was a writer for TV programs including The Mavis Bramston Show, In Melbourne Tonight and Australia’s Celebrity Game.

Tom Gleisner — “For distinguished service to the media and television industries as a writer, producer, actor and presenter, to children living with cancer, and as a supporter of young
people with autism spectrum disorders.” Gleisner was part of the original D Generation series in the mid 1980s and has written, produced and/or appeared in a number of productions since including The Late Show, Frontline, Funky Squad, The Panel, A River Somewhere, Thank God You’re Here, All Aussie Adventures, Audrey’s Kitchen, The Hollowmen and Have You Been Paying Attention?

Robert Gottliebsen — “For significant service to the print media as a journalist, editor and business analyst, and to education through
school governance roles.” Gottliebsen is a financial journalist who was a regular business and finance correspondent on television.

Chong Lim — “For significant service to the performing arts as a
musician, composer, producer and musical director, and to
the community. ” Television credits include Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, It Takes Two, TV Week Logie Awards and over a decade with Dancing With The Stars.

Anne Wills — “For service to the broadcast media in South Australia”. ‘Willsy’ was a regular in Adelaide television for over 30 years, beginning as a weather presenter at NWS9 and working across all three commercial channels in Adelaide, appearing on Adelaide Tonight, Penthouse Club, Movie Scene, Clapperboard, AM Adelaide, Eyewitness News and Seven News. National TV appearances included The Bert Newton Show, The Ernie Sigley Show, Beauty And The Beast and Good Morning Australia. Winner of a record 19 TV Week Logie Awards.

Source: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

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Southern Cross Television to become Seven

Southern Cross Austereo has announced that its Southern Cross Television brand will become Seven from 1 July.

The change affects Southern Cross Television in Darwin, central Australia and Tasmania and Southern Cross GTS-BKN in South Australia — all Seven Network affiliates.

Southern Cross News in Tasmania will become Seven News Tasmania.

No changes to staffing are expected and the stations will continue to be owned by Southern Cross Austereo.


YouTube: Southern Cross News Tasmania

The change essentially marks the end of the Southern Cross brand on television which has existed in various forms across the central and eastern states since being launched by Victorian regional stations BCV8, GLV8 and STV8 in the early 1980s.

Two years ago, Southern Cross’ regional outlets in Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Victoria all changed program affiliation and branding to Nine.

Source: Southern Cross News, TV Tonight

 

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Paradise Beach, where sand gets in the soap

The Eighties and Nineties sure brought some soapie clunkers to the otherwise top-rating Nine Network. After the demise of former hit series The Young Doctors and The Sullivans, each year brought the promise of a new arrival that would, inevitably, die a ratings death and play out its remaining episodes in the summer non-ratings period.

Taurus Rising, Starting Out, Kings, Waterloo Station, Possession, Prime Time, All The Way and Family And Friends were all hyped up but ended up with nowhere to go. Somehow, the adult soap Chances managed to go on for two years although towards the end it lost any pretence of being a serious drama and became almost a parody of the genre with some bizarre storylines.

After Chances faded away, Nine looked north — to the Gold Coast — for its next soap. With backing from Village Roadshow and international production and distribution giant New World Television and with assistance from the Queensland Government, Paradise Beach was to be Nine’s big drama hit.

Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 1993

With former Crawfords producer Jock Blair on board plus a strong line-up of soapie veterans (including Robert Coleby, Eric Oldfield, Andrew McKaige, Deborah Coulls and later Paula Duncan, Zoe Bertram and Michael Caton) and spunky newcomers, Paradise Beach was preparing for world domination. Also hoped to aid the show’s overseas prospects were the casting of Olivia Newton-John‘s American-born husband Matt Lattanzi, and Aussie actress Tiffany Lamb sporting a fairly dodgy American accent. The series had been pre-sold to cover 82 per cent of the US television market for its upcoming summer season and had sparked a bidding war between BBC, ITV and BSkyB in the UK. It was also sold to countries across Europe before one episode had gone to air here.

The series debuted in Australia on 31 May 1993 in the 5.30pm timeslot — seen as a crucial timeslot as the lead-in to the 6.00pm news and at the same time avoiding any conflict with established soaps Neighbours and Home And Away on rival networks.


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But like so many before it, Paradise Beach failed to fire. It was dubbed in some press as the biggest soapie flop since Network Ten‘s Arcade back in 1980. The critics predicably didn’t like it. “It makes (Fast Forward‘s soap parody) “Dumb Street” look like Shakespeare,” and “It is overwhemingly awful, appallingly badly acted and, judged on the first clutch of episodes, rarely lives up to the sense of pace offered in the trailers,” were early reviews.

The Americans and the Brits soon lost interest and the show’s wooden acting and garish product placement (such as frequent plugs for Gold Coast-based Warner Bros Movie World) made it a target for parody.


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Nine soon saw the error of its ways and bumped Paradise Beach out of its 5.30pm timeslot, replacing it with a revival of The Price Is Right. The series limped along in various timeslots for 260 episodes, seemingly on the back of a determined following in Europe.


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But while it’s easy to dismiss and mock dud soaps, it’s fair to say that usually they provide a springboard to later fame particularly for some of the younger actors. Newcomers Kimberley Joseph, Ingo Rademacher, Raelee Hill, Jaason Simmonds and Isla Fisher all went on to future fame here or overseas. Tony Hayes, a teenager in Paradise Beach, has starred in more recent dramas including The Slap, Devil’s Dust, Seven Types Of Ambiguity and the new series Mystery Road. Jon Bennett is now Manu Bennett and recently starred in series Spartacus: Blood And Sand, Arrow and The Shannara Chronicles .

And TV historian, presenter and commentator Andrew Mercado got his first job in TV working behind the scenes on Paradise Beach.

Source: TV Week, 29 May 1993Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 1993. Super Aussie Soaps

 

 

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Community TV granted two year extension

Community television is celebrating the granting of a further two year extension to its broadcast licences.

Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has granted stations C31 (Melbourne), 44 (Adelaide) and WTV (Perth) an extension to broadcast to 30 June 2020.

The extension follows a recent round table discussion between the Government and the community television stations.

The sector was originally given a 2015 deadline to exit the airwaves and adopt a fully online platform — the only broadcast sector to be demanded to do so — but the Government has since granted various short-term extensions. Up until now the latest deadline was 30 June 2018.

C31 general manager Matthew Field welcomed the good news: “This is a huge win for the diverse community of passionate grassroots content creators across the country. It’s also fantastic news for the next generation of media talent, who hone their craft at C31, and for media diversity in general.”

BREAKING NEWS: @C31Melbourne Wins 2 Year Broadcast Extension!! For our full press release visit our Facebook page. WE’RE BACK BABY! pic.twitter.com/g4Ev6AuXYD

 

 

 

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