May 11 2017

Obituary: Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin, ABC journalist across radio and television, has died in a Sydney hospital at the age of 65.

English-born Colvin came to Australia as a 21-year-old and joined ABC as a cadet journalist in 1974.

His work was mostly in radio, including the early years of 2JJ (now Triple J) and current affairs programs The World Today and, for many years, PM.

In 1979 he moved to television as one of the founding reporters for current affairs program Nationwide.

He later served as a reporter for Four Corners for four years and then was appointed London current affairs correspondent, reporting for programs including The 7.30 Report, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent.

In a statement issued earlier today, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie paid tribute to Colvin: “For many Australians, Mark’s steady and measured voice as host of PM brought them the essential news of the day and kept them informed about events of national and international importance.

“We will miss him enormously, and extend our thoughts to his family and friends.”

ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said: “Mark was one of Australia’s finest journalists. He leaves an unfillable void as a journalist, a colleague and a friend.

“He was an important part of the ABC community as a mentor and teacher to young reporters and as a voice of wisdom and experience to many older ones. Our reporters and producers felt strengthened by his presence in the newsroom and emboldened by the sound of his voice on our airwaves.”

Tributes for Colvin came from many across the wider journalism community and from politics — including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield,

Mark Colvin is survived by his mother, Anne, his wife Michelle and his two sons, Nicolas and William.

Nationwide‘s Mark Colvin (left) with Bill Nicol, Paul Griffiths, Clive Hale, Paul Murphy and Richard Carleton. Source: TV Times, 24 March 1979

Source: ABC, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald



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May 08 2017

Obituary: Lou Richards

Lou Richards, Collingwood premiership captain and longtime sports media personality, has died peacefully at the age of 94.

Born in Collingwood, Richards’ joining the Collingwood Football Club followed that of his grandfather, Charlie H Pannam, and two uncles.

He played 250 games for Collingwood and captained the team to a premiership in 1953.

With his thorough knowledge of the game and a cheeky wit, he became a popular commentator for the game — one of the first footballers to really gain a high profile in the media. He wrote newspaper columns for over 20 years, earning the nickname ‘Louie the Lip’, and commentated on radio 3XY and then 3DB. When TV began in Melbourne, Richards joined HSV7 and stayed for almost 30 years.

As well as a commentator of VFL matches, he was part of the regular team on the long-running World Of Sport, which ran every weekend for 27 years. He was also one of the three panellists, alongside Jack Dyer and Bob Davis, on the VFL preview League Teams that developed a cult following late on Thursday nights.

After Seven lost the rights to the VFL (now AFL) in 1987, Richards joined GTV9 as a presenter on National Nine News, Wide World Of Sports and later on The Footy Show.

He retired from television in 2008 but continued to make guest appearances on The Footy Show. The show’s handball competition and prize was named in his honour.

Richards was inducted into the Australian Football League’s Hall of Fame in 1996, and named in the inaugural class of inductees to the Collingwood Football Club’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lou Richards is survived by two daughters. Wife Edna, whom he married in 1948, died in 2008.

Source: Nine News, Collingwood Football Club, Wikipedia. TV Week, 25 September 1982. From Wireless To Radio: The 3DB Story, 1984.


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May 06 2017

Obituary: Val Jellay

Val Jellay, veteran showbiz performer and wife of the late Maurie Fields, has died at the age of 89.

Son Marty Fields tweeted the sad news earlier today: “My mum, Val, passed away today of pneumonia. She lived an amazing life. She’s back with her beloved Maurie now. I will miss her very much.”

Born in Sydney, Jellay started performing as a four-year-old in the 1930s during the Depression. She later joined the vaudeville circuit where she met fellow performer Maurie Fields.

They married in 1960 and subsequently often worked as a double act. When television arrived in 1956 one of the first variety shows in Melbourne was Sunnyside Up, in which they appeared together.

Jellay made the transition from sketch comedy on TV to acting, with early roles in The Long Arm, Matlock Police, Division 4 and Homicide.

She and Fields worked together again as publicans Vic and Nancy Buckley in the long-running series The Flying Doctors and its spin-off, RFDS.

Other television credits included Prisoner, Carson’s Law, Neighbours, Blue Heelers and The Librarians. She also appeared on music quiz show Spicks And Specks, presented movie reviews on Good Morning Australia and accepted Maurie Fields’ posthumous entry into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 1996.



Maurie Fields, Val Jellay and son Marty Fields. Picture: TV Week, 1975

Source: Marty FieldsABC, IMDB, TV Week



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May 06 2017

TV At 60: In Melbourne Tonight

In Melbourne Tonight, one of the most significant shows in Australia’s early TV history, started 60 years ago today.

The program was the brainchild of Norman Spencer, program manager at Melbourne’s new channel GTV9. He had produced a popular variety show, The Happy Gang, on radio for a number of years. He was keen to adapt the format, a mix of spontaneous humour, musical performances and lighthearted commercials, to the new medium of television.

Spencer knew that to mount such a program would be a costly exercise, so significant sponsorship was needed, Luckily a major electronics manufacturer was ready to come on board, but with a condition that their choice of radio announcer hosted the new program. Spencer had already tried unsuccessfully to get The Happy Gang host Dick Cranbourne to come across and was not sold on the sponsor’s choice — another radio announcer, John McMahon.

Spencer happened to see a young radio sidekick called Graham Kennedy make his TV debut in an appearance on an early GTV9 telethon for Red Cross. Kennedy, then 23 years old, made his second TV appearance in a soup commercial wearing a long pair of floppy rabbit ears. As brief as they were, these TV appearances were enough to convince Spencer that Kennedy was the man to host the new show and he managed to get the station management and sponsor onside.

Although In Melbourne Tonight was initially planned to be a loose adaptation of The Happy Gang, it also took influence from the fledgling ‘tonight’ show formats developing elsewhere — such as The Tonight Show from NBC in the United States, which had a format heavy in interviews. Kennedy was also sent to Sydney to get an insight into how things worked up there on Sydney Tonight, hosted by Keith Walshe on ATN7.

In Melbourne Tonight — soon abbreviated by viewers as simply IMT — made its debut as a 45-minute program on Monday 6 May 1957. Kennedy, who had been the junior sidekick to radio funnyman Clifford Nicholls “Nicky” Whitta, soon found that he was no interviewer and worked best with the ad-lib style he had picked up on radio. Comedy skits, studio stunts and music performances became the emphasis, along with Kennedy ruthlessly mocking the show’s sponsors in presenting commercials live to air. The show became a huge success for Nine for over 13 years and elevated Kennedy (pictured with ‘barrel girl’ Panda Lisner in 1959) to the point that he became dubbed ‘The King’.

Over IMT‘s 3000-plus run, more than 50 hosts presented from the show’s desk set, either as one-off guest hosts or regular weekly presenters such as Bert Newton, Toni Lamond, Noel Ferrier and Tommy Hanlon Jnr— and there was a cast of regular performers to feature — but it was always Kennedy that was the show’s star. IMT had its own orchestra and ballet, and by 1964 it had outgrown GTV9’s modest Studio One to move into a lavish new Studio 9 — a state-of-the-art production studio able to handle the large scale production numbers that were becoming commonplace for the show.

Kennedy presented his last In Melbourne Tonight on 23 December 1969. The show continued in 1970 with a different host for each of four nights a week — Stuart Wagstaff, Ugly Dave Gray, Jimmy Hannan and Bert Newton — but it had failed to maintain the momentum of its earlier days. By the end of the year the IMT name was gone and only Tonight With Stuart Wagstaff and The Ugly Dave Gray Show remained. Both shows were abruptly axed by GTV9 in March of 1971. Rising production costs, falling ratings and a new local quota system that only counted programs airing before 10.00pm were the final nails in the coffin.

But the legacy of IMT continued at Nine for decades to follow. Kennedy was lured back to Nine in 1972 for The Graham Kennedy Show, which continued until 1975 — and GTV9 became the hub of television variety shows right up until 2010, when Nine finally shut down its heritage Bendigo Street studios in the suburb of Richmond.

Source: The Graham Kennedy Story, Southdown Press, 1958. From Wireless To Radio: The 3DB Story, 1984. King: The Life And Comedy Of Graham Kennedy, 2003. 



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Apr 27 2017

Obituary: Chris Bearde

Chris Bearde, the English-born writer who grew up in Australia and became a success in the US, died earlier this week at the age of 80.

After working in radio, Bearde’s made the move to TV just as it was starting in Australia. He was host of a children’s program, Smalltime, and doubled as a booth announcer at Sydney’s ATN7.

He was also a scriptwriter for the station’s other children’s program Captain Fortune and for the top-rating variety show Revue ’61.

The Revue series was sold to Canada’s CTV network and Bearde himself ended up in Canada as a writer for local comedy shows Nightcap and Network before going to Hollywood to join the writing team for the hit show Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In and to produce shows including The Andy Williams Show.

Bearde returned to Australia on a few occasions. In 1965 he took a break over the Canadian summer to come to Melbourne to guest host In Melbourne Tonight with his sister, Robina Beard — herself a successful actress, TV presenter and performer.

In the late 1960s he returned to Australia again to produce a comedy special Ready When You Are, CB. The Nine Network production was loosely modelled on the same format of quick-fire comedy sketches as Laugh-In.

He went back to the US where among other things he created the mock talent quest The Gong Show in 1976. The show had a minor run on Australian television.

Bearde is reported to have died of a heart attack.

Chris Bearde is survived by his wife Carolyn, six children and six grandchildren.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, IMDB. TV Times, 28 July 1965. Forty Years Of Television: The Story Of ATN7, 1996.




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Apr 24 2017

The 59th TV Week Logie Awards

Actor Samuel Johnson last night won the Gold Logie for Best Personality On Australian Television at the 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

Johnson, whose voice has adorned countless commercials for everything from burgers to mobile telephones to radio stations, won the accolade on the back of his portrayal of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum in the mini-series Molly.

It’s the first time in Logies history that a Gold has been won solely for a mini-series role.

Johnson, who also won a Silver Logie for Best Actor, dedicated his win to his sister Connie, who has been battling cancer for most of the past 30 years. The pair set up a charity, Love Your Sister, to raise funds for cancer research.

Johnson’s acceptance speech became hijacked by the man who he portrayed in the mini-series. Meldrum, now 74, was brought up to the stage to present Johnson with a gold version of his trademark hat — but got caught up in recalling some old anecdotes, about Johnson amongst other things. His speech became littered with various colourful words and lots of ironic, as well as unintentional, umms and errs. For a night of little controversy it was a rather awkward moment, particularly as others were physically attempting to wind up his tribute to Johnson. Given that it was a late night, and Meldrum suffering a brain injury following his fall from a ladder which nearly claimed his life a couple of years ago, he could be forgiven.

Molly also collected the Logie for Best Drama.

Fellow Gold Logie nominees Waleed Aly and Jessica Marais both won Silver Logies — Aly for Best Presenter and Marais for Best Actress.

Network Ten scored a number of awards despite its perennial third placing in the ratings. Have You Been Paying Attention? won Most Outstanding Entertainment Program and Best Entertainment Program.

Gogglebox Australia, a joint venture between Ten and Foxtel, won Best Factual Program, and The Project won Best News Panel Or Current Affairs Program.

The Living Room, which recently celebrated 200 shows, won Best Lifestyle Program.

Actor Rob Collins, from Ten’s The Wrong Girl and ABC‘s Cleverman, picked up the award for Best New Talent.

It was a big night for ABC and Foxtel. The national broadcaster collected awards for Please Like Me for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and Little Lunch: The Nightmare Before Graduation for Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Please Like Me star Debra Lawrance won the award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Barracuda star Elias Anton picked up the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer

Actor Damon Herriman, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a child star in The Sullivans, won Most Outstanding Support Actor for the role of transgender female Kim Gordon in the political drama Secret City. Co-star Anna Torv won Most Outstanding Support Actress.

Four Corners won the Logie for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report for “Australia’s Shame”, its investigative piece on the treatment of child inmates in Northern Territory’s youth detention centres.

The documentary Conviction, which re-traced the solving the brutal murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher, won Most Outstanding Documentary.

Apart from the Gold Logie, the biggest accolade of the evening was the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame, which inducted Kerri-Anne Kennerley.

Kennerley has a career dating back to children’s television in Queensland in the late 1960s, including hosting The Saturday Show in the 1970s (pictured). She progressed up to performing and had a brief acting role in the soapie The Restless Years.

In the early 1980s she took over as co-host of the Network Ten program Good Morning Australia. It was a job that she was to hold for 11 years, outlasting a number of male co-hosts.

She then went to the Nine Network, where she commanded a loyal audience in the revival of Midday in the mid-1990s and went on to present Mornings (later Kerri-Anne) for nine years.

Despite her longevity, Kennerley has never won a Logie but had been nominated for the Gold a number of times.  In her acceptance speech she paid tribute to her mum and to her husband, John, who was severely injured in an accident last year but was able to attend the awards.

The four-hour Logies telecast includes performances by overseas stars James Blunt and Andy Grammer and local artists Casey Donovan and Jessica Mauboy.

Tony Martin paid tribute to the recently departed comedian John Clarke, and Larry Emdur gave a speech about legendary producer, the late Reg Grundy.

The Project‘s Peter Helliar and Offspring star Kat Stewart offered one of the few truly comedic performances of the night with their parody of the infamous “jacketgate” incident that went viral a few months ago. Hamish Blake and Andy Lee also sent up Nine’s Marriage At First Sight by “matching up” members of the Logies audience.

Dave Hughes once again opened the Logies presentation with a comic routine that was largely well-received but this correspondent felt it was a bit rough — and too long.

Former Young Talent Time stars Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue were reunited on stage while recalling their own TV debuts in the junior talent series over 30 years ago.

Other presenters on the night included Dan Wyllie, Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern, Erik Thomsen, Alex Dimitriades, Claudia Karvan, Delta Goodrem, Carrie Bickmore, Leigh Sales, Liz Hayes, Sam Pang, Ita Buttrose, Rachel Griffiths, Pamela Rabe, Shane Jacobson, Edwina Bartholomew, Miranda Tapsell, Mandy McElhinney, Ben Mingay, Todd Sampson and a special guest appearance by Lorrae Desmond, the first female Gold Logie winner back in 1962.

Despite the Logies getting a ratings increase in 2016, this year its numbers fell again. In the overnight preliminary numbers (5 cities, OzTAM), the TV Week Logie Awards was watched by 972,000. The numbers will no doubt be adjusted to take into account the half an hour that the awards went overtime. The TV Week Logie Awards Red Carpet Arrivals was watched by 864,000 viewers.

The Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules topped the night’s chart with 1,260,000 viewers. With such intense competition, the best that Ten could muster up was Modern Family on 332,000.

The Nine Network won the night’s ratings with a share of 35.4%, followed by Seven (33.9%), ABC (14.4%), Ten (9.9%) and SBS (6.3%).

Public-voted Awards:

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – Best Personality On Australian TV
Samuel Johnson (Molly) (Channel Seven)

Samuel Johnson (Molly) (Channel Seven)

Jessica Marais (Love Child/The Wrong Girl) (Nine Network/Network Ten)

Waleed Aly (The Project) (Network Ten)

Rob Collins (Cleverman/The Wrong Girl) (ABC/Network Ten)

Molly (Channel Seven)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

The Project (Network Ten)

The Block (Nine Network)

The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)

The Living Room (Network Ten)

Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel – LifeStyle/Network Ten)

Industry-voted Awards:

GOLD LOGIE — Hall Of Fame
Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Elias Anton (Danny Kelly, Barracuda, ABC)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – Showcase)

The Kettering Incident (Foxtel – Showcase)

Henry Nixon (Fergus McFadden, The Kettering Incident, Foxtel – Showcase)

Anna Torv (Harriet Dunkley, Secret City, Foxtel – Showcase)

Damon Herriman (Kim Gordon, Secret City, Foxtel – Showcase)

Debra Lawrance (Mum, Please Like Me, ABC)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

Please Like Me (ABC)

Little Lunch: The Nightmare Before Graduation (ABC ME)

Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Channel Seven)

• “Sky News Election Coverage 2016” (Sky News, Sky News/Foxtel)

• “Australia’s Shame” (Four Corners, ABC)

Conviction (ABC)

Source: TV Week

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


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Apr 23 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

Home And Away star Kate Ritchie won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 49th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

Ritchie also collected a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress.

After almost 20 years in Home And Away — she started in the soap when she was nine — Ritchie was naturally excited: “I’m just really pleased that, even after 20 years, people are still interesting in watching a family show. I love being a part of it, so that makes for a very good combination. It’s also really nice to feel that whatever I’m doing is right — I’m on the right path.”

“Winning a Logie was never part of my plan,” she told TV Week. “I was never the hot new spunk in Summer Bay. As much as I always loved coming to the Logies as and as much as I would have loved to have won, it wasn’t something I thought was going to happen. It’s just really nice.”

Her win was from a tough field — with fellow nominees Bert Newton, Rove McManus, John Wood, John Howard, Rachael Carpani, Natalie Blair and Simmone Jade MacKinnon. SMS voting for the Gold Logie was open right up until the start of the awards presentation.

As well as Ritchie’s win, Home And Away won the Logie for Most Popular Australian Drama, while co-star Amy Mathews won the award for Most Popular New Female Talent.

The Nine Network series McLeod’s Daughters won two Logies — Aaron Jeffery winning the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor and Dustin Clare (pictured) for Most Popular New Male Talent.

Rove McManus won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter, while Rove Live won Most Popular Light Entertainment Program. For McManus it was his first Logie presentation without his wife Belinda Emmett, who had passed away only a few months earlier from cancer. He attended the Logies with his mum, Coralie.

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died in 2006, was posthumously inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. His award was accepted by widow Terri (pictured). “What goes through my mind is that he should be here,” she said in accepting his award. “Steve’s done all the hard work and I really miss him. But Steve’s goal was to talk about humanity and the environment and our future. I think he would be very proud, honoured and also surprised.”

And Ray Martin‘s interview with Terri Irwin, soon after the death of Steve, was honoured with a Logie for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.

Foxtel drama series Love My Way received the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini-Series Or Telemovie for the third year running. Cast member Brendan Cowell said it was a tough field of competition — with Answered By Fire, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, The Silence and The Society Murders the other nominees — so he didn’t expect Love My Way to succeed.

RAN: Remote Area Nurse, an SBS production, did still collect a Logie for Susie Porter (pictured) for Most Outstanding Actress, and Matthew Le Nevez won for Most Outstanding Actor for his role of Matthew Wales in The Society Murders.

International guests at the Logies included NCIS star Michael Weatherly and Fantastic Four stars Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd. Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, at this stage appearing in the US series Brothers And Sisters, was back in Australia as a special guest of the Logies.

There were performances by Avril Lavigne, Australian Idol winner Damien Leith and singer James Morrison.

And in what was becoming a Logies tradition, there was no single host of the evening. Hosting duties were shared between Adam Hills, Fifi Box and Dave Hughes, with Hamish Blake and Andy Lee doing the “green room” interviews.

Jules Lund, Livinia Nixon and Jackie O hosted the Red Carpet Arrivals as the prelude to the main event.

The 49th annual TV Week Logie Awards were broadcast on the Nine Network.

Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Kate Ritchie

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Aaron Jeffery
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Kate Ritchie
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Rove Live
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular New Male Talent: Dustin Clare
Most Popular New Female Talent: Amy Mathews
Most Popular Reality Program: Dancing With The Stars
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: What’s Good For You

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Steve Irwin

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Matthew Le Nevez
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Susie Porter
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Love My Way

Most Outstanding News Coverage: “Sexual Abuse In Aboriginal Communities”, Lateline
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: The Terri Irwin Interview
Most Outstanding Documentary: Who Killed Dr Bogle And Mrs Chandler?
Most Outstanding Factual Series: Dynasties
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Thank God You’re Here
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: 2006 FIFA World Cup — Italy v Australia
Most Outstanding Children’s Program: The Upside Down Show

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Emma Lung

Source: TV Week, 5 May 2007, 19 May 2007.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards.  Tonight, Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.


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Apr 22 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

A Current Affair host Jana Wednt caused an upset when she was not present to accept her Gold Logie at the 34th annual TV Week Logie Awards, held at Melbourne’s Radisson President Hotel.

The Nine Network host’s absence was explained to be due to her requiring to stay in the Sydney-based studios after the end of A Current Affair for an extended period to be able to cover any late breaking stories for timezones that would normally get ACA on a delay.

TV Week claimed that they knew about a week in advance, two weeks after Wendt had happily posed with her fellow Gold Logie nominees for a TV Week photo shoot (pictured), that she may be missing from the awards presentation. Nine Network executives were said to be able to work around the challenges of ACA’s production schedule if TV Week could assure them that Wendt was going to win the Gold.

TV Week chose not to disclose that information to Nine even in the strictest of confidence.

Even the offer of a specially arranged flight to get Wendt from Sydney to Melbourne after ACA in time to witness the announcement of the Gold Logie winner was not enough to sway Nine’s executives.

Wendt’s Gold Logie was ultimately accepted by Nine’s head of current affairs, Peter Meakin. “I’m sorry she’s not here. She’s sorry she’s not here,” he said when accepting her award. “Jana, as she always does, put the program first. I know she regret’s she’s not here. It’s a shame.”

Did her no-show and Nine’s declining alternative offers have anything to do with the Logies being hosted that year by the Seven Network? That’s just speculation.

TV Week at the time had reported that it was the first time in Logies history that a Gold Logie winner was not present to accept their award. That is not strictly true. In 1962, Gold Logie winner Lorrae Desmond was in Hollywood, and 1963 winner Michael Charlton was on assignment for Four Corners when his Gold Logie was presented at a belated ceremony. In 1967, Graham Kennedy was on the set of In Melbourne Tonight when he was announced as the winner of that year’s Gold Logie, with the awards presented on a Monday night on board a cruise liner stationed in Melbourne. Kennedy was at least able to give his acceptance speech with a live cross to IMT from the Logies stage.

Logies night on Friday, 13 March 1992 had started with a parody of the Michael Jackson song Black Or White, recalling the old days of black and white television, featuring Cathy Godbold (Home And Away), Nick Giannopoulos (Acropolis Now) and Bruno Lucia (All Together Now).

The trio then led to another threesome being introduced to the stage — former Homicide cops George Mallaby, Alwyn Kurts and Leonard Teale.

It was a big night for ABC’s Brides Of Christ. The high-rating mini-series collected five Logies, including Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series, Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series and Most Popular New Talent (Kym Wilson). Series star Josephine Byrnes (pictured) won two Logies — Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series and the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress. Co-star Sandy Gore was not surprised by the show’s Logies success. “It was an incredible series from the beginning,” she told TV Week. “With such beautiful writing, how could we go wrong?”

As well as its host winning the Gold Logie, A Current Affair also won the award for Most Popular Public Affairs Program. Nine Network boss David Leckie paid tribute to the show and to Wendt: “I know what she’d like to say is that she believes that A Current Affair — the runaway success of A Current Affair — is a team effort. I think she’d be very embarrassed to win this Gold Logie, because she is totally committed to the team effort. I thought she should have won it a year or two ago, but we’re pleased she has now.”

Network Ten soapie E Street collected two awards — Most Popular Series and Bruce Samazan winning the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

Fellow soap Home And Away won Most Popular Program In New South Wales and Neighbours won Most Popular Program In Victoria. A Country Practice star Georgie Parker won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress for the second time. For Parker the win came just weeks before her final scenes with A Country Practice were to go to air.

The Seven Network’s Fast Forward won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program, with individual awards for Steve Vizard (pictured with colleague, newsreader Jennifer Keyte) and Magda Szubanski. “I’d really like to thank the people who have put up with my stupid sense of humour,” she told TV Week.

ABC also scored well in the industry-voted categories. GP won Most Outstanding Series with actor John McTernan awarded the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. It was actually McTernan’s third Logie win. “I already have two I won during my Cop Shop days,” he told TV Week, “but I thought the old boy (GP co-star Michael Craig) would win this again.”

Lateline‘s reporting on the Soviet Union earned it a Logie for Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs, and The Time Of Your Life was awarded Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series.

Current affairs program Four Corners, which at this stage was in its 31st year, was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. It was the first time that a program, rather than an individual, was to receive the honour.

State-based Logie winners included Ray Martin (New South Wales), Daryl Somers (Victoria), Family Feud host Rob Brough (Queensland), Rick Ardon (Western Australia) and yet another win for Anne Wills (South Australia).

International guests on the night included Dennis Waterman, copping a grilling from Fast Forward‘s Pixie-Anne Wheatley (Szubanski), and Full House star John Stamos. For Waterman it was a return to the Logies stage, having been a guest presenter back in 1983. There were also plans for a live cross to Diana Ross, on tour in Queensland, to present an award. But the performer declined when she felt that she would not be looking her best having just been on stage in concert earlier that night. An offer to pre-record her segment was also declined.

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Jana Wendt

Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Bruce Samazan (E Street)
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice)

Most Popular Series: E Street (Ten)
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Fast Forward (Seven)
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard (Nine)
Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Brides Of Christ (ABC)
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket (Nine)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair (Nine)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Seven)

Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Performer: Steve Vizard (Tonight Live With Steve Vizard/Fast Forward)
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Performer: Magda Szubanski (pictured) (Fast Forward)

Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Cameron Daddo (Golden Fiddles)
Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Josephine Byrnes (Brides Of Christ)

Most Popular New Talent: Kym Wilson (Brides Of Christ)

Most Popular Music Video: When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Jimmy Barnes/John Farnham)

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: Industry Voting Categories:

Gold Logie – TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall Of Fame: Four Corners (ABC)

Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actor On Australian TV: John McTernan (pictured) (GP)
Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actress On Australian TV: Josephine Byrnes (Brides Of Christ)

Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Brides Of Christ (ABC)
Most Outstanding Series: GP (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Soviet Union” (Lateline, ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Coode Island Fires” (Nine)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series: The Time Of Your Life (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: The Very Fast Train (WIN)

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: State Awards (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program):

NSW: Ray Martin (TCN9), Home And Away (ATN7)
VIC: Daryl Somers (GTV9), Neighbours (ATV10)
QLD: Robert Brough (BTQ7), Family Feud (BTQ7)
SA: Anne Wills (SAS7), Wheel Of Fortune (SAS7)
WA: Rick Ardon (TVW7), Seven Nightly News (TVW7)
TAS: Ron Christie (TVT6), Tasmania Today (TVT6)

YouTube: aussiebeachut0

Source: TV Week, 7 March 1992, 21 March 1992.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.




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Apr 21 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Graham Kennedy collected his second Gold Logie at the ninth annual TV Week Logie Awards. The Gold Logie that year also carried the title Star Of The Decade, in recognition of Kennedy’s 10 years’ success in Australian TV.

Kennedy also won the Logie Award for Best Male Personality in Victoria for the sixth year running.

For the first time since Lorrae Desmond won in 1962, a Gold Logie was awarded to Australia’s most popular female personality. Hazel Phillips (pictured), host of the national afternoon program Girl Talk and also a regular on The Barry Crocker Show, took out the Gold Logie for best female personality. She also won the Logie Award for Best Female Personality in New South Wales.

The awards, held on Monday 10 April 1967, were presented on board the Fairstar cruise ship, berthed at Melbourne’s Station Pier. It was the first Logies presentation hosted by Bert Newton, who would go on to host the event for the next 13 consecutive years and several more times even after then.

The special overseas guest presenter was actor Vic Morrow, star of the US series Combat.

The 1967 presentation also marked a turning point in the telecast of the Logies. There was a live cross to the Logies presentation from Graham Kennedy hosting In Melbourne Tonight on GTV9, with Kennedy accepting his Gold Logie from the set of IMT. After IMT wrapped up there was a one-hour broadcast of highlights of the Logies presentation.

The Seven Network — then known as the Australian Television Network — won two of the major national awards. The sitcom My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? won Best Comedy, while Homicide won Best Drama for the third year in a row.

The Nine Network — then the National Television Network — won Best Live Show with The Sound Of Music, hosted by Bobby Limb, and Best Documentary Series went to Project 66.

The Logie for Best Teenage Personality went to Johnny Young (pictured), pop star and presenter on the music show Go!!, while pop group The Seekers collected a special Logie for their promotion of Australian talent overseas.

Another special Logie was handed out to daytime TV host Tommy Hanlon Jnr for “the pioneering of television on a national basis”. His daytime TV show It Could Be You was one of the first ‘national’ programs on Australian TV and had just wrapped up after six years and 1445 episodes. Hanlon, born in the United States but was to make Australia his home, had also won a Gold Logie in 1962.

National broadcaster ABC was awarded with two honours. Journalist Bob Sanders, from the People program, was recognised for outstanding reporting, while series Australian Playhouse received a special Logie for its contribution to local production.

Among the state-based award winners was the ABC current affairs program Line-Up in Tasmania. The local program was the predecessor to the long-running national program This Day Tonight. Other state-based winners included Don Lane (NSW), Ernie Sigley (South Australia), Patti McGrath (Victoria, pictured receiving her award from Vic Morrow), Don Seccombe (Queensland) and Robyn Nevin (Tasmania).

National Awards:

Gold Logie — Best Male Personality / Star Of The Decade: Graham Kennedy
Gold Logie — Best Female Personality: Hazel Phillips

Best Teenage Personality: Johnny Young

Best Live Show: Sound Of Music
Best Overseas Show: The Man From UNCLE
Best Commercial: Minties
Best Documentary Series: Project 66
Best Drama: Homicide
Best Comedy: My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours?

Special Award — For The Promotion Of Australian Talent Overseas: The Seekers

Special Award — Contribution To Local Production: Australian Playhouse

Special Award — Pioneering Of Television Of A National Basis: Tommy Hanlon Jnr

Special Award — Outstanding Reporting: Bob Sanders (People)

State Awards (Best Male, Best Female, Best Program):

NSW: Don Lane, Hazel Phillips (pictured), Tonight With Don Lane
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Patti McGrath, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Don Seccombe, Jill Edwards, Theatre Royal
SA: Ernie Sigley, Pam Western, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: John Forster, Robyn Nevin / Carolyn Schmit, Line Up

Source: TV Week, 15 April 1967. 21 Years Of Logies, Southdown Press, 1979.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.




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Apr 13 2017

Classic TV Guides: Not Seven’s finest hour

On Monday 13 April 1987, Melbourne’s HSV7 — under new management from Sydney-based media group Fairfax — launched its revamped Seven National News and started airing the Sydney-based Terry Willesee Tonight.

Seven’s new newsreader was Greg Pearce, formerly from Perth but coming to Melbourne seemingly oblivious to the storm of resentment from Melbourne viewers who weeks earlier had witnessed veteran Seven newsreader Mal Walden trying to hold back tears as he had announced that he had just been sacked by Seven’s new management.

Even though HSV7 was now producing a one-hour news bulletin for the first time in its 30-year history, Melbourne viewers were abandoning Seven’s new look in droves in protest at the raft of changes initiated by the Sydney-based management.

Seven National News found itself in the unenviable position of falling to literally the bottom of the ratings. Initial ratings results (as percentages of TV households) were down to ones and zeros — seeing it beaten by cartoon series Inspector Gadget on ABC and UK-soap Brookside on SBS.

Seven’s change to a one-hour news also led to all Victorian regional stations switching their national news feed from Seven to National Nine News, enabling them to maintain a half-hour slot for national news from Melbourne.

The launch of Seven’s ill-fated news and current affairs line-up are among the latest additions to Classic TV Guides:



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