May 23 2016

Ten and WIN announce affiliation deal

TenHD_0002In news that doesn’t really surprise anyone, the Ten Network has announced that it has entered into a five-year agreement with WIN to supply the regional network with programming for its markets covering Queensland, Southern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.

The deal, effective 1 July, comes as Ten’s current regional partner, Southern Cross Austereo, recently announced switching most of its network across to a Nine Network feed — leaving Ten without major regional representation and WIN without any sustainable program supply.

win_2008WIN owner Bruce Gordon also holds around 15 per cent stake in both networks Nine and Ten.

The announcement implies, though does not specifically state, that joint venture operations in markets such as regional Western Australia and Tasmania which currently relay the Ten Network will now switch across to Nine as WIN will now represent Ten in those markets.


Ten Network Holdings (ASX: TEN) (“TEN”) today announced it had signed a new regional television affiliation agreement with WIN Network (“WIN”) to broadcast TEN’s premium content and channels across regional Australia.

From 1 July 2016, WIN will bring TEN’s highly successful local and international programming, including MasterChef Australia, The Bachelor Australia, Offspring, Formula One and the KFC Big Bash League, to regional viewers in Queensland, Southern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Reaching more than six million viewers across 23 markets around the country, WIN broadcasts to more of regional Australia than any other free-to-air television network. WIN is the most prolific producer of regional news bulletins in the country, with a long-standing commitment to providing local content and a local voice for its viewers.

TEN Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “We are delighted to announce our new agreement with WIN and that our unique and fresh content will reach more Australians through the WIN regional network.

“WIN’s strength in regional Australia, particularly its unmatched commitment to local regional news, combined with TEN’s growing audience will deliver a great experience for both viewers and advertisers.

“Ongoing collaboration between us will continue to strengthen our services and we look forward to a strong partnership for years to come,” he said.

WIN owner, Bruce Gordon, said: “As the largest and one of the longest-standing shareholders in TEN, I am absolutely delighted to formally partner with TEN in WIN Network’s markets throughout regional Australia.

“I am very confident in TEN’s strategy and resulting audience growth and look forward to working with TEN’s management and Board to continue to grow both businesses.”

WIN Chief Executive, Andrew Lancaster, said: “WIN Network is excited to be bringing TEN’s program line-up to regional Australia. Our viewers will get to enjoy TEN’s fresh and innovative programming and sport in high definition and our advertisers will get the benefit of a network whose audience is heading in the right direction.”

Under the new five-year agreement, WIN will pay TEN a higher affiliation fee than that currently paid under TEN’s existing regional program supply agreements.
No other details of the new agreement will be released.

Source: Ten Network Holdings

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May 21 2016

Obituary: Oscar Whitbread

oscarwhitbread_0001Oscar Whitbread, former television producer, died earlier this week at the age of 86.

Whitbread first joined ABV2 in Melbourne in January 1957, just months after it first commenced transmission. His early years at ABV were predominantly focused on producing documentary and variety programs — in particular, the long-running magazine program Panorama, hosted by popular presenter Corinne Kerby, who was married to Whitbread from the late 1950s.

From those early days of TV, Whitbread was an advocate for increasing local production, but in a 1960 interview published in TV Times, he acknowledged that it was a challenge for Australian television. “We haven’t enough writers, and the ones who are good go overseas,” he told TV Times. “Nor does this apply to writers only. It concerns all talent. We haven’t enough money here, compared with overseas budgets.”

As local television drama progressed in the 1960s, Whitbread moved into drama production, starting with the one-off play On Approval in 1964 and the long-running serial, Bellbird. In the 1996 documentary, 40 Years Of ABC TV, Whitbread recalled orchestrating the controversial exit of Bellbird character Charlie Cousins (Robin Ramsay), who was shown falling from atop a wheat silo. “He was a lovable character… and I killed him,” he recalled. The scene triggered a massive response from viewers, with the ABC switchboard inundated with calls and TV Times receiving viewers’ letters of complaint for months afterwards. The episode became one of the defining moments of the series over its ten-year run.

Whitbread’s later credits with ABC included Marion, Power Without Glory, And The Big Men Fly, Rush, Catspaw, The Truckies, Outbreak Of Love and Lucinda Brayford.

He later worked for Crawford Productions, producing programs including The Flying Doctors, Acropolis Now and Cluedo, and produced the Seven Network‘s bold move into daytime drama, The Power The Passion, in 1989.

Oscar Whitbread is survived by his son, two daughters and partner Beth. Corinne Kerby died in 2003.


Source: ABC, AusLit, The ABV2 Page. TV Times, 16 June 1960.






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May 20 2016

Ten and Southern Cross renew for Northern NSW

southerncrosstenThe Ten Network and Southern Cross Austereo have renewed their programming partnership in the Northern New South Wales market for the next five years.

The agreement, effective 1 July, will see SCA maintain its Network Ten programming in the region despite recently forming ties with the Nine Network for other regional areas in the eastern states.

SCA had to exclude the Northern NSW market from its Nine Network deal as Nine is already represented in the region via NBN.

Under the previous deal SCA is believed to have been paying Ten around 34% of all revenue collected for access to Ten’s programming suite. The new contract incorporates an increased fee payable to Ten but an amount has not been disclosed.

The Northern NSW market covers a population of around 2.1 million viewers in an area stretching from Gosford and the Central Coast up to the Gold Coast and across to Tamworth.

In its statement issued today, Network Ten advised that further announcements are soon to come regarding regional program arrangements in other markets. Southern Cross will be switching its affiliation from Ten to Nine in regional Queensland, Victoria, Southern NSW and ACT from 1 July.

Source: Ten Network Holdings




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May 09 2016

Obituary: Reg Grundy

reggrundy_0001Reg Grundy, the radio announcer who went on to become one of Australia’s most successful television producers, has died at the age of 92.

His media career began in the 1950s as a sports commentator on Sydney radio station 2SM. This led to him developing and hosting radio game shows, the most successful being Wheel Of Fortune which began at radio station 2CH and later moved to TV with a daytime show on TCN9.

The success of Wheel Of Fortune led Grundy to form his own production company, mainly focusing on game and quiz shows. Early efforts included the children’s show Ampol Stamp Quiz and the long-running Brisbane-based I’ve Got A Secret.

It was while producing I’ve Got A Secret that Grundy met his future wife, model Joy Chambers. Chambers had auditioned for a part in the panel show and instantly caught Grundy’s attention. She scored the job and, eventually, became Mrs Reg Grundy.

Grundy continued producing game shows, most often adapting formats developed overseas, but also ventured into other genres. A counselling program, Heartline, was based in Brisbane but shown on other stations across the Seven Network in the early 1970s.

When quiz and game shows were losing favour with the networks, Grundy expanded his portfolio to include drama. His first drama project was the soapie drama Class Of ’74 for the Seven Network. The series was successful enough to go onto Class Of ’75 and led to more productions: The Young Doctors, Glenview High, Chopper Squad and The Restless Years. Entertainment programming included Bandstand ’76, Pot Of Gold, The Better Sex, The Celebrity Game and Family Feud and the co-production of the feature film ABBA The Movie.

Grundy had successfully lured Graham Kennedy back to television after his abrupt parting from the Nine Network two years earlier. Kennedy’s hosting of Blankety Blanks made that show a hit for the 0-10 Network and scored Kennedy yet another Gold Logie.

The success of Grundy’s drama series Prisoner in Australia led his break into the US market, with the series syndicated to a number of stations across the country. This was followed by Grundy scoring the contract to produce two quiz shows — Scrabble and Sale Of The Century — for American network NBC. At the time it was an unheard of achievement for an Australian production company.

The Australian version of Sale Of The Century, launched in 1980, was an immediate success which ran for over 20 years. Other game shows to follow included Wheel Of Fortune (this time based as a franchise of the US format), The New Price Is Right, Personality Squares, Perfect Match, It’s A Knockout and remakes of Blankety Blanks and Family Feud.

Success with soapies continued through the 1980s. Sons And Daughters was a hit that ran for six years and sold well overseas, and Neighbours was devised in 1984. Within two years, Neighbours had been launched and axed once by the Seven Network, then picked up by Network Ten where it became a ratings hit in Australia. But the show’s success boomed when it was picked up by the BBC in 1986, and subsequently shown across Europe and even had a brief run in the United States and Canada.

Grundy sold his production empire to British media company Pearson Television in 1995. It is now a branch of the international FremantleMedia group.

The company continues to produce Neighbours and Wentworth, the modern-day adaptation of Prisoner.

Grundy was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame in 1993 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008.

Reg Grundy is survived by his wife Joy Chambers and a daughter from his first marriage.


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May 09 2016

The 58th TV Week Logie Awards

waleedalyCongratulations to The Project‘s Waleed Aly (pictured), winner of the TV Week Gold Logie for Best Personality On Australian Television.

Aly won the award ahead of fellow nominees Scott Cam, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Lee Lin Chin and The Project colleague, last year’s Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore.

In his acceptance speech, Aly paid tribute to his fellow nominees, acknowledging that each brings something unique to the television landscape. In declaring his win as significant for diversity, he also dedicated his award to “Mustafa”, a member of the television industry who was in attendance at the Logies but who is not employed under his real name for fear that he would not have a job.

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Aly also collected the Silver Logie for Best Presenter and The Project won Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program.

Erik Thomson, from Seven‘s 800 Words, won the Silver Logie for Best Actor, while Love Child‘s Jessica Marais won Silver for Best Actress.

Home And Away again won the Logie for Best Drama Program, while Adam Dovile from Better Homes And Gardens won Best New Talent.

It was another win for The Living Room as Best Lifestyle Program, and The Footy Show (NRL) for Best Sports Program.

While Cam and Denyer were not to collect the Gold Logie, their respective programs — The Block and Family Feud — won Best Reality Program and Best Entertainment Program.

TV newcomer Gogglebox won Best Factual Program.

Aly’s Gold Logie win followed another significant milestone in Logies history. Noni Hazlehurst became only the second female, and the first since 2001, to be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. From a career dating back to the 1970s and programs including The Ernie Sigley Show and The Box through to Play School, The Sullivans, Nancy Wake, Better Homes And Gardens, City Homicide and A Place To Call Home, Hazlehurst has been a steadfast advocate for children’s television. She is also a former host of the TV Week Logie Awards.

Alex Dimitriades won the industry-voted Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his work in the SBS series The Principal. Deborah Mailman won Most Outstanding Actress for Redfern Now, while the ABC series Glitch won Most Outstanding Drama Series.

ABC also fared well in other industry-voted categories. Shaun Micallef‘s Mad As Hell won the Logie for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and Gruen won Most Outstanding Entertainment Program. The Killing Season was awarded Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report, while ABC3 series Ready For This won Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Ratings for the TV Week Logie Awards telecast were a small improvement on last year, with 1,119,000 viewers across the 5 major capital cities, averaged over the lengthy telecast. Though this figure may be revised when the later than scheduled finish time is taken into account. The Logies’ Red Carpet Arrivals scored 1,060,000.

The Nine Network won the night’s ratings with a share of 37.1%, ahead of Seven (24.9%), Ten (17.3%), ABC (15.4%) and SBS (5.3%). Nine’s primary channel which carried the Logies telecast rated 28.6%, more than 10 points ahead of Seven (17.6%), Ten (13.0%), ABC (11.7%) and SBS (3.3%).

Gold Logie — Best Personality on Australian Television:
Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Presenter: Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Actor: Erik Thomson, 800 Words

Best Actress: Jess Marais, Love Child

Best New Talent: Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens

Best Lifestyle Program: The Living Room

Best Sports Program: The NRL Footy Show

Best Entertainment Program: Family Feud

Best Reality Program: The Block

Best Drama Program: Home And Away

Best Factual Program: Gogglebox

Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program:  The Project

Most Outstanding Actor: Alex Dimitriades, The Principal

Most Outstanding Actress: Deborah Mailman, Redfern Now

Most Outstanding Drama Series: Glitch

Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: The Secret River

Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tim Minchin

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Celia Ireland, Wentworth

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Ready For This

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program: Gruen

Most Outstanding News Coverage: Parramatta Shooting

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: The Killing Season

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: KFC T20 Big Bash League

Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Noni Hazlehurst

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor: Joel Jackson, Peter Allen: Not The  Boy Next Door

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress: Melina Vidler, 800 Words

The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award: Ky Baldwin, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door

Source: TV Week

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May 08 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

tvweek_200506In 2006, after ten nominations and seeing his co-star Lisa McCune collect four over the years, it finally happened. Blue Heelers star John Wood collected the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 48th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

“It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful,” Wood told TV Week at the time. “I feel so humbled by the response that I’ve had from people all over the country. I feel deeply honoured.”

Wood’s win came at the expense of seven other nominees: Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters), Ada Nicodemou (Home And Away), Bert Newton (Good Morning Australia), Bec Hewitt (Home And Away), Kate Ritchie (Home And Away), Rove McManus (Rove Live) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Neighbours). The eight nominees were subject to a public vote which didn’t close until just hours before the Gold was to be handed out.

Ironically, Wood’s Gold Logie win came after an announcement that Blue Heelers was to be axed after 12 years on air, but it was a fitting tribute for an actor and for his character, Tom Croydon, who had been with the series from day one. “This brings it to an absolutely beautiful close,” he said. “Tom Croydon became an iconic character for a lot of people. He’s the father figure of that show.”

johnwood_0002Wood (pictured) had also won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the second year in a row. His fellow nominees for the Silver included Home And Away‘s Chris Hemsworth.

The Logie for Most Popular Actress was won by Home And Away‘s Kate Ritchie. After almost 20 years as Sally Fletcher in the soap, this was Ritchie’s first Logie win. “It’s strange, because I’ve been going to the Logies for so long but at the same time, I’ve never felt like this before and I’m just thrilled. This was the one I really wanted to win,” she told TV Week.

rovemcmanus_0005Rove Live host Rove McManus won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter for the fourth consecutive year. Despite his acceptance speech mentioning just about everyone from his dentist to one of the Blakeney twins, he was certainly not blazé about the win. “It’s a marvellous award to get. It’s nice that they recognise presenters as people who aren’t actors, although I act like a presenter, so I think I cover both,” he told TV Week. It was to be the last time that McManus would attend the Logies with wife Belinda Emmett, who passed away from cancer later that year.

jodigordonpaulobrien_0002On top of Ritchie’s Silver Logie win, Home And Away won another three Logies — Most Popular New Male Talent (Paul O’Brien), Most Popular New Female Talent (Jodi Gordon) and Most Popular Australian Drama. “The show’s beautiful to watch — the location, the beaches,” O’Brien told TV Week. “Who doesn’t like the beach and the sunshine?” Gordon paid tribute to the show’s writers. “The writers deserve so much recognition,” she said. “The storylines are getting better and better.”

dancingwiththestarsAfter four seasons, Dancing With The Stars (with Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger, pictured) won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program, beating fellow nominees Deal Or No Deal, The Glass House, Rove Live and Spicks And Specks. Meanwhile, Australian Idol won Most Popular Reality Program for the third year in a row. Series judge Mark Holden, himself a Logie winner back in the 1970s, said the show wins because “it’s brilliantly produced — you see some young people blossoming, some crashing, some burning”.

Foxtel drama series Love My Way picked up three awards — Most Outstanding Drama Series and Silver Logies for Most Outstanding Actor (Dan Wyllie) and actress (Claudia Karvan). Love My Way‘s wins came just as the drama was given the green light for a third series.

Another big winner on the night was Chris Lilley, whose mockumentary series We Can Be Heroes was awarded Most Outstanding Comedy Program. Lilley, who played all six lead characters in the ABC series, also won the inaugural Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent.

Sigrid Thornton appeared on stage to induct ABC‘s Play School into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. The pre-school show was just a few months shy of its 40th birthday and became the third program in Logies history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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The awards presentation, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday 7 May, had five hosts: Bert Newton, Lisa McCune, Georgie Parker, Ray Martin and Daryl Somers. All five are multiple Gold Logie winners, assembled to pay tribute to 50 years of Australian television. Overseas guests included pop star Pink, actors Chris Noth (Law And Order: Criminal Intent) and George Eads (CSI) and comedian Joan Rivers, who was awarded a special pink Logie. “It’s the ugliest award I have ever seen!,” she responded. “You can get it on eBay tomorrow!”

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Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman repeated her cameo appearance from We Can Be Heroes on stage in a musical number featuring Chris Lilley as Chinese musical theatre performer Ricky Wong. “She’s a really big fan of the show,” Lilley told TV Week. “She said yes straightaway. She was very nervous about singing.”

After the event TV Week conceded that some portions of the Logies presentation were cut from the delayed telecast. Comedian Heath Franklin‘s warm up act, as Chopper Read, featured plenty of colourful language, and an expletive from All Saints star John Howard was also cut. Viewers also missed out on co-host Somers making a dash to Shane Bourne‘s table to interview him… only to find Bourne was missing. “I was caught short,” Bourne later confessed.

Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: John Wood

kateritchie_0002Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: John Wood
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Kate Ritchie (pictured)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular New Male Talent: Paul O’Brien
Most Popular New Female Talent: Jodi Gordon

Most Popular Drama: Home And Away
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Backyard Blitz
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Dancing With The Stars
Most Popular Reality Program: Australian Idol

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Play School

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Dan Wyllie
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Claudia Karvan
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series: Love My Way

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Blue Water High
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: 2005 Super Cheap Auto 1000
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: We Can Be Heroes
Most Outstanding Documentary Series: He’s Coming South: The Attack On Sydney Harbour
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: “The Gathering Storm”, Australian Story
Most Outstanding News Coverage: Aceh: Last Man Standing
Most Outstanding Mini-Series Or Telemovie: The Incredible Journey Of Mary Bryant

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Chris Lilley

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Tonight, Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week, 20 May 2006.


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May 07 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

tvweek_230391The Seven Network‘s Steve Vizard was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 33rd annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The Gold Logie came a year after Vizard, a cast member and producer of sketch comedy series Fast Forward, branched out to produce and host Seven’s late-night talk/variety show Tonight Live. Vizard took out the Gold ahead of fellow nominees Ray Martin, Daryl Somers and Jana Wendt.

Vizard also won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Personality.

The presentation, held at Melbourne’s World Congress Centre, was hosted by Somers and broadcast on the Nine Network.

The show began with Somers making his entrance to the stage from high up in the ceiling of the World Congress Centre via a flying fox. Somers, hosting the Logies for the second time (the first was in 1988) says he was “very happy” with his job as host. “It was a great team effort all around. It was a real buzz for me. I felt comfortable and relaxed. I really enjoyed it.” As for the high-rise entrance: “It was pretty spectacular, wasn’t it? In rehearsals, I was that harness for 45 minutes and it was so tight around the shoulders, I started to get dizzy. And the other part of the harness… well let’s just say that was a very uplifting experience!”


The opening of the Logies included a performance by Debbie Byrne and the Electric Legs dancers (pictured). Also performing on the night was Mark Williams, best known for his hit song Show No Mercy.

Overseas guests attending the Logies included actress Angie Dickinson and Twin Peaks stars Peggy Lipton and Michael Ontkean. For Lipton, it was a long-awaited arrival to the Logies. She had been invited 20 years earlier as a cast member of the then hit series The Mod Squad, but had the withdraw from attending due to illness. “I finally made it — better late than never,” she told TV Week.

georgieparker_0003Home And Away star Craig McLachlan won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the third year in a row — and 25 years later is nominated for the same award. A Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress, only a year after winning the Logie for Most Popular New Talent. “The Silver is great for A Country Practice,” she said. “It means people are really interested and watching.” It was a double celebration for A Country Practice that night, as series creator and executive producer James Davern had been inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. The award was in recognition of a career that had begun at the ABC in the early 1960s and included working on dramas Bellbird, Rush and Patrol Boat. His concept for a rural drama set around a local hospital was knocked back by Network Ten only to be picked up by Seven in 1981. At the time of this award, A Country Practice had been running for almost ten years and had sold well overseas. (Ironically, Network Ten ended up picking up the series in 1993 after Seven had axed it, but it was not to be a success for Ten)

magdaszubanskistevevizardFast Forward star Magda Szubanski (pictured with Vizard) won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Personality, but was more concerned whether or not she’d make it through the night as she’d been battling a virus for the past month. “I didn’t think I would make it through the show, but I’m okay,” she later told TV Week. Szubanski had also appeared as a guest presenter on the night as her alter ego Pixie Anne Wheatley. “Pixie seems to be a favourite, but I hope this award recognises all my work, not just one character.”

davidmccubbinanniejonesThe Seven Network mini-series Jackaroo collected three Logies — Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series as well as Most Popular Actor and Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series, which were won by David McCubbin and Annie Jones (pictured).

Actor Richard Huggett, formerly of E Street before moving onto Neighbours, was awarded Most Popular New Talent.

Veteran actor Michael Craig was awarded Most Outstanding Actor for his work on the ABC series GP, but was unable to attend as only a few days earlier had gone into hospital suffering from osteomylitis. The illness had taken Craig out of production for GP for several weeks and his Logie was accepted by colleague and fellow nominee John McTernan.

rebeccagibney_0001Rebecca Gibney (pictured), who played the part of Guinea in the ABC mini-series Come In Spinner, won the Logie for Most Outstanding Actress. “It was one of those roles that every actress in the country was after,” Gibney told TV Week. “I didn’t think I would have a chance.” Gibney had also won an AFI Award for the same role. Come In Spinner, the story of three women working in the Marie Antoinette Beauty Salon in Sydney during World War II, also took out the Logie for Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series.

Four Corners won the Logie for Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs for Paul Barry‘s report on Independent Resources Ltd, which lost $200 million of shareholders’ funds and, at the time of the Four Corners report, was “still in business”. The report Other People’s Money, produced by Debbie Whitmont, had Barry travelling across Australia, to the Manila Stock Exchange, a Philippines gold mine, the US oil fields, the City of London and London’s stockbroker belt.

Ray Martin won the Logie for Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Documentary Series for The Chelmsford Scream. Martin, whose original 60 Minutes report in 1981 on the controversial Chelmsford hospital in Sydney exposed some of the horrific treatment subjected to patients, had returned to 60 Minutes to lead the team covering the Royal Commission into the hospital. The resulting 60 Minutes documentary was named after the screams of patients who received a bolt of electricity to the head after heavy doses or barbiturates.

ABC journalist John Lombard won the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Achievement In News for his reports from the Soviet Union during 1990. It was a time of significant change for the Soviet Union and Lombard was the only Australian journalist based there since the ABC had established a bureau in Moscow in 1988.

Ray Martin and Daryl Somers may have missed out on the Gold Logie but both were successful in winning Logies for Most Popular Personality in their respective states, New South Wales and Victoria. Soapies Home And Away and Neighbours won Most Popular Program for NSW and Victoria respectively.

Seven’s Brisbane-based Family Feud won the Logie for Most Popular Program In Queensland, with its host Rob Brough (now a newsreader for the Seven Network in regional Queensland) winning the award for Most Popular Personality In Queensland.

Seven’s other afternoon game show, the Adelaide-based Wheel Of Fortune, collected the Logie for Most Popular Program In South Australia. And it was yet another Logie Award for longtime Adelaide favourite Anne Wills for Most Popular Personality In South Australia.

In Western Australia, viewers voted Seven Nightly News and newsreader Rick Ardon as the most popular from their state. In Tasmania their state-based awards were won by Tasmania Today and its co-host Robyn Martin.

The Logie Award for Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television was won by No Fixed Address, a documentary from WIN Television in Wollongong. Presented by Mary Franks, No Fixed Address examined the issue of youth homelessness, with the Wollongong and Illawarra area used as an example. The public response from the program included offers of support, accommodation and jobs to many homeless children.

TV Week Logie Winners 1991: Publicly-voted categories

Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Steve Vizard

Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Georgie Parker

Most Popular Series: Home And Away
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Fast Forward
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard
Most Popular Telemovie or Mini-Series: Jackaroo
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Personality: Steve Vizard
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Personality:Magda Szubanski
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket
Most Popular Actor in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: David McCubbin
Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: Annie Jones
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Most Popular Music Video: Chain Reaction (John Farnham)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
Most Popular New Talent: Richard Huggett

jamesdavernTV Week Logie Winners 1991: Industry-voted categories

Gold Logie – Hall Of Fame: James Davern (pictured with Lorrae Desmond and Penny Cook)

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Michael Craig
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Rebecca Gibney

Most Outstanding Single Drama or Mini-Series: Come In Spinner
Most Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs: Other People’s Money (Four Corners, ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement in News: John Lombard (ABC)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary or Series: The Chelmsford Scream
Most Outstanding Achievement by Regional Television: No Fixed Address (WIN)

TV Week Logie Winners 1991: State-based categories (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program):

New South Wales: Ray Martin, Home And Away.
Victoria: Daryl Somers, Neighbours
Queensland: Rob Brough, Family Feud
South Australia: Anne Wills, Wheel Of Fortune
Western Australia: Rick Ardon, Seven Nightly News
Tasmania: Robyn Martin, Tasmania Today

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week, 16 March 1991. TV Week, 23 March 1991.


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May 06 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

gordonchater_0001Gordon Chater (pictured), from sketch comedy series The Mavis Bramston Show, won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 8th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The presentation was held at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel on Monday, 21 March 1966, though there appears to have been no televised or press coverage of the event. Even TV Week had not put Chater on the front cover of its post-Logies issue.

Chater’s co-star Carol Raye won the Logie for Best Female Personality. It seems since Lorrae Desmond‘s Gold Logie win in 1962 that females were not deemed worthy of the Gold award, with the highest accolade for a female personality being silver.

The Mavis Bramston Show not surprisingly won the Logie for Best Live Show. The win came after a huge year for the show which had expanded to a national audience. But by the time of the Logie wins, both Chater and Raye were no longer associated with the program. Chater had moved on to a proposed sitcom, Fiddlers Three, which was not to come to fruition. He had more success in the ensemble cast of sitcom My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? for the Seven Network, while Raye had made the switch to Sydney station TEN10 for her new show, ’66 And All That.

Seven’s drama series Homicide, well established as a ratings hit, won the Logie for Best Drama for the second year running.

An ABC special, Birth, won the award for Best Documentary. The 50-minute program, produced by Jim White of Melbourne’s ABV2, documented the process of the birth of his daughter, Hilary. The idea for the documentary had come from his wife. The film had already been commended with a special award at the Australian Film Awards and had attracted interest from TV broadcasters in other countries.

The Logies also made two special award presentations. The talent quest series Showcase ’65 was awarded a Logie for Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Talent, while The Magic Circle Club received a special award for Outstanding Contribution To Children’s Television.

bobdollydyer_0001And as the quiz show Pick A Box entered its 10th year on TV, the show’s co-host, Dolly Dyer, was given a rather unique award, “For Her Cheerful Devotion To Bob And Their Show”. The husband and wife team (pictured) had worked together since Pick A Box began as a radio program in the late 1940s.

In the state-based categories, in Victoria it was a clean sweep by In Melbourne Tonight, winning Victoria’s most popular program and with host Graham Kennedy and IMT regular Mary Hardy taking out the most popular personality awards.

Don Lane and his TCN9 program Tonight With Don Lane were winners in New South Wales along with ABC presenter Diana Ward. Brisbane-based variety program Theatre Royal won for most popular program from Queensland for the fifth year running.

In South Australia it was another win for Adelaide Tonight and for host Ernie Sigley, voted the state’s most popular male personality for the third year in a row.

Afternoon variety show Anything Goes, from Hobart’s TVT6, took out all three awards for Tasmania — with the program and its two hosts, John Crook and Caroline Schmit, each claiming a Logie.

Overseas guests at the Logie Awards included British comedian Jimmy Edward and Coronation Street stars Doris Speed, Arthur Leslie and Pat Phoenix.

National Awards:

Gold Logie: Gordon Chater

Best Female Personality: Carol Raye
Best Teenage Personality: Normie Rowe

homicide_0004Best Live Show: The Mavis Bramston Show
Best Drama: Homicide (pictured)
Best Documentary: Birth
Best Commercial: Coca-Cola
TV Week/PAN AM Award Best Overseas Show: The Dick Van Dyke Show

Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Talent: Showcase ’65
Outstanding Contribution To Children’s Television: The Magic Circle Club

For Her Cheerful Devotion To Bob And Her Show: Dolly Dyer

State Awards:

NSW: Don Lane, Diana Ward, Tonight With Don Lane
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Mary Hardy, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Gerry Gibson, Jill Edwards, Theatre Royal
SA: Ernie Sigley, Pam Western, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: John Crook, Caroline Schmit, Anything Goes

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week


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May 01 2016

Nine switches ties to Southern Cross

9_logo_2009_0002The biggest shake-up in Australian regional television since aggregation is set to unfold with the announcement that Southern Cross Austereo has secured a five-year affiliation deal with the Nine Network — essentially bringing an end to the 27-year partnership that Nine has had with WIN for carrying Nine’s programs to much of regional eastern Australia.

The move will similarly see Southern Cross Austereo — which operates the Southern Cross Ten brand in regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and the ACT — abandon its 20+ year affiliation to the Ten Network.

brucegordon_2Under the deal SCA will pay Nine 50 per cent of its advertising revenue for access to Nine’s program and channel suite. Under its previous agreement, WIN was believed to be paying 39 per cent of ad revenue but Nine has long been seeking to increase that premium. The relationship between Nine and WIN has also been strained in recent times with WIN’s unsuccessful legal attempt to block Nine’s online portal 9Now from being accessed from regional markets. Bruce Gordon (pictured), the Bermuda-based billionaire who owns WIN, also has a 14.99 per cent stake in both the Nine and Ten networks.

The new affiliation deal for Southern Cross Ten in Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Victoria to take over Nine’s programming and identity is set for 1 July.

While WIN and Network Ten have yet to announce their plans for July onwards, it would be almost fair to assume that WIN will have little choice but to align to Ten for its program supply for its Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Victorian markets. WIN has very little of its own programming and production infrastructure and apart from a wealth of vintage material from the Crawfords Australia archive — which WIN owns — there isn’t much else in its programming vault unless it can strike a deal to purchase content from alternative sources.

Southern Cross has announced that it will maintain its relay of the Ten Network in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast as that region is already covered by Nine’s owned-and-operated outlet, NBN. The change of Southern Cross to Nine in the mainland eastern states is also not expected to alter the company’s Seven Network affiliation in Tasmania, Darwin and central/remote Australia, or likewise to change WIN’s arrangements with Nine in Tasmania and regional WA.

The move is also unlikely to have any impact in regional South Australia, where WIN and Southern Cross are commercial monopolies in their respective areas and already re-broadcast all three metropolitan networks to those areas.

What is unknown at this stage is how this new environment will impact on local news coverage in the regional areas. Regional viewers in many markets have seen local news service wound back or wiped out completely over the last 20 years across all regional operators. WIN has maintained local news bulletins through much of its NSW/ACT, Queensland and Victorian stations for a cost of around $20 million a year. With WIN potentially likely to adopt a Ten network feed, ratings and income will be lower and it is to be seen how this will impact on WIN’s ability to maintain the services it currently does. In the last year WIN has already shutdown news production facilities in Canberra and Ballarat and closed news bulletins covering Mackay and Mildura. Switching to Ten or other program sources may see WIN seek to reduce news production costs further.

southerncrosstenLikewise, Southern Cross Ten already operates only a basic drip-feed news service comprising of pre-recorded two-minute updates broadcast at various times of the day from a centralised news room in Canberra. With the added cost of aligning to the Nine Network the network will likely be looking for cost efficiencies elsewhere — although the centralised newsroom model probably does not leave much room for cost cutting and SCA is already only barely accounting for the local news content quotas demanded by the broadcasting regulations.

Source: The Age


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Apr 30 2016

1996: April 27-May 3

tvweek_270496Ray grabs Gold again!
A Current Affair host Ray Martin has won his fifth Gold Logie — and now an unprecedented four in a row — and has lashed out at his critics, specifically media commentator Phillip Adams and Media Watch host Stuart Littlemore. “Gee, Phillip Adams is going to be upset now, and there’ll be no Christmas cards from him or Stuart Littlemore,” Martin said in his acceptance. Both Adams and Littlemore were critical of ACA in recent times, in particular over the show’s reporting on unemployed teenagers the Paxtons. Martin also defended his award in the face of its critics. “There is an ongoing criticism of shows that rate or people or programs who get these awards,” he said. “I thought TV was about being a popular medium. That doesn’t mean we don’t do an interview with the Prime Minister, but, nevertheless we’ve got to do something that people like. Programs such as Blue Heelers, Burke’s Backyard and 60 Minutes are world-class programs and I don’t think we should apologise for them.”

Silver Logie winner, Blue Heelers star Lisa McCune said she had never prepared an acceptance speech, fearing it would jinx herself. “Speeches? I think they’re bad luck and I kind of like to think that they should be spontaneous,” she told TV Week. She dedicated her win to the cast and crew of Blue Heelers, but was mortified to later realise she had failed to mention former cast member Grant Bowler.  Meanwhile, former Home And Away star Dieter Brummer collected the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the second year in a row. In his acceptance speech he paid special tribute to his ex-girlfriend, even though he has since been linked to another woman. “We had a lot of great times together and she’s been a major influence in my career,” he said. “I figured why not thank her, because without her support, who knows what may have happened?”

lisamccuneraymartinRay’s Logies laugh
Ray Martin act… I’d like to see that,” said Blue Heelers star John Wood. And with that introduction, the Logies audience was treated to Martin playing a policeman alongside Blue HeelersLisa McCune. Viewers also got to see some other unusual pairings — including GladiatorsVulcan hosting current affairs program Sunday, and Humphrey B Bear joining The Movie Show‘s David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz. 

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1996: Public Voting Categories:

lisamccunedieterbrummerGold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Ray Martin

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Dieter Brummer (Home And Away)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

Most Popular Series: Home And Away
Most Popular Drama: Police Rescue
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)
Most Popular Comedy Program: Full Frontal
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Magda Szubanski (Big Girls Blouse)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
Most Popular Lifestyle/Information Program: Better Homes And Gardens
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (AFL)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Most Popular New Talent: Nic Testoni (Home And Away)

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1996; Industry Voted Categories:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Maurie Fields (posthumously)

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Jacqueline McKenzie (Halifax fp)

Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama Production: Blue Murder
Most Outstanding Documentary: Untold Desires
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Mururoa Protests”, Nine Network
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Minor Surgery, Major Risk”, Four Corners
Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Frontline, Episode 7: “Divide The Community, Multiply The Ratings”
Most Outstanding Achievement By A Regional Network: No Time For Frailty (Prime)


  • Nine‘s recent ratings success with Ray Martin‘s interview special featuring Robin Williams has seen some red faces at Seven. Apparently Seven had done a deal for Williams to be interviewed on the first Witness program with Jana Wendt and to appear on a special hosted by Andrew Denton. But then Seven decided it didn’t have room for the Williams interview in the first Witness show, so the deal was dropped and Williams subsequently appeared on Nine.
  • Plans for the new aviation drama Big Sky are now back on track with a deal set to be done by producer Southern Star Xanadu with Network Ten. Meanwhile, Peter Phelps is now no longer being considered for the cast, but producers are still keen on Jeremy Callaghan joining Gary Sweet in the project.
  • Seven‘s Blue Heelers celebrates its 100th episode this week. Cast member Martin Sacks, who has been with the series since day one, is amazed at the show’s success. “When the show started, we all said, ‘Well, let’s see how long this is going to last’. And there have been times we wondered if it would continue,” he told TV Week.
  • Rumours around the industry indicate that Nine‘s Eddie McGuire is going to join Optus Vision.
  • davidrobertsABC‘s long-awaited drama Mercury begins this week. The 13-part series is set in a newspaper office, starring Geoffrey Rush, Victoria Longley, David Roberts, Susan Lyons, Julie Forsyth, Michael Veitch, Robin Ramsay, Sue Ingleton and Ann Burbrook. Guest stars include Robert Grubb, Pamela Rabe and Alan Dale. Although the series is regarded as fictional there are parallels to be found with real life. “It’s about a Sunday broadsheet in an Australian state with a conservative government. You can read what you like into that,” Roberts (pictured) told TV Week.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 April 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2411000
2 Our House Nine Wed 2147000
3 ER Nine Thu 2079000
4 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1977000
5 JAG Seven Mon 1956000
6 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1885000
7 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1871000
8 National Nine News Nine Sat 1838000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1831000
10 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1819000
11 Weddings Nine Wed 1798000
12 Ellen Seven Thu 1739000
13 Robin Williams Unplugged Nine Wed 1731000
14 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1689000
15 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1668000
16 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1648000
17 Gladiators Seven Sat 1613000
18 National Nine News Nine Sun 1598000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1564000
20 The Nanny Ten Sun 1528000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 27-May 3):
Saturday: In Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), Monique’s (Natalie Saleeba) temporary coach, handsome diving champion Paul Steadman (Simon Baker Denny), allows her to believe that he is in love with her. Saturday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Sydney Swans versus Hawthorn, live from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

kristieraymondSunday: AFL Sunday includes Brisbane Bears versus Fitzroy (1pm, Seven), live from Brisbane, followed by highlights of St Kilda versus Footscray (5pm, Seven) from Waverley Park, Melbourne. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Matt (Andrew Clarke) and Danni (Kristie Raymond, pictured) have a major disagreement over his plans to send her to finishing school. Sunday night movies are China Moon (Seven), Roswell (Nine) and A Few Good Men (Ten).

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Kevin Holloway’s (Jeremy Callaghan) car is found still with the keys in the ignition at The Gap — a notorious suicide spot; and Goldie (Catherine McClements) is served with court papers seeking to cut off access to her son. Andrew Daddo hosts the special 40 Years Of Comedy (8.30pm, Seven), looking at the history of comedy on Australian television, featuring The Mavis Bramston Show, Fast Forward, Dame Edna Everage and The Naked Vicar Show.

Tuesday: In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a child appears to have the symptoms of conduct disorder. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), Mt Thomas police station finally gets the replacement they’ve been waiting for just in time to help them deal with a rodeo cowboy who seems to be sending his young son out to steal.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Michael’s (Dennis Coard) body is found. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Nugget (Danny Adcock) confronts Greta (Fiona MacGregor) over her involvement in the sexual harassment case, while Pru (Angela Punch McGregor) comes under from the media over the inquiry. In Pacific Drive (11.40pm, Nine), Joel (Adrian Lee) makes Amber (Christine Stephen-Daly) an offer she can’t refuse; while Adam (Mark Constable) gives Georgina (Kate Raison) the wrong idea about their friendship.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Rob Evans’ (Graham Harvey) job offer to Jo (Emma Harrison) stirs up gossip between Cheryl (Caroline Gillmer) and Marlene (Moya O’Sullivan). In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Summer Bay gets together to pay respects to Michael (Dennis Coard). In the debut episode of Mercury (8.30pm, ABC), a mysterious fax from an unknown source sets the Sunday Mercury’s political reporter on to an investigation that threatens to overturn the inner sanctums of the government.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Chloe (Kristy Wright) bids a sad farewell to her mother. Friday Night Football includes Sydney Swans versus Essendon (7.30pm, Seven), live from Sydney, followed by a delayed telecast of Geelong versus North Melbourne from the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 27 April 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

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