The Australian’s media columnist Amanda Meade has leaked an “unauthorised” list of names being considered for this year’s TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall of Fame.
Normally the award is nominated and voted in private by an industry panel, with the winner announced prior to the awards ceremony.
According to Meade the following names are on the short list:
Brian Henderson, host of ‘60s pop music show Bandstand and a newsreader for TCN9, Sydney, for almost forty years, retiring in 2002.
Brian Naylor (pictured), host of children’s talent show Brian And The Juniors before becoming newsreader for HSV7 and later GTV9 before retiring in 1998. Hosted Nine’s Carols By Candlelight for ten years. Was tragically killed last year in the Black Saturday bushfires.
Les Murray, one of the founding presenters at SBS and has led the network’s World Cup soccer coverage since it first telecast the event in 1986.
George Negus (pictured, in 1981), former This Day Tonight journalist who became a household name as one of the founding reporters on 60 Minutes in 1979. Later hosted Today, Foreign Correspondent and George Negus Tonight and is currently host of Dateline and contributor to The 7PM Project.
Ken Sutcliffe, sports presenter who got his big break being hand-picked by Graham Kennedy to co-host his new late night show, Graham Kennedy’s News Show, in 1988. Continues to present the sports report for Nine News in Sydney and various Wide World Of Sports telecasts.
Maggie Tabberer (pictured, in 1970), former fashion model turned publishing identity and TV personality. A two-time TV Week Gold Logie winner (1970, 1971) and more recently a presenter on pay-TV.
Ian Ross, long-time journalist and newsreader for National Nine News in Sydney and, for several years, for Today nationally. Came out of a brief retirement to front Seven News in Sydney, and led the 6.00pm timeslot for the next six years at the expense of traditional rival Nine. Retired from Seven at the end of last year.
Ray Meagher, veteran actor and the only founding cast member of Home And Away to still be on the series, 22 years on.
Prisoner (pictured), the Grundy Productions drama series that broke new ground when it launched in 1979 with a predominantly female cast and without the usual gloss of prime-time soap operas. The series ran for eight years, sold well overseas and won a swag of TV Week Logie awards. As testament to its long-standing popularity, all 692 episodes of the show have been released on DVD – the largest such DVD release in Australia, if not worldwide.
One name that this blog might suggest would be worthy of a Hall of Fame award is Western Australian TV personality Jeff Newman (pictured). Newman recently retired from TVW7, Perth, after over 40 years of service, including an outstanding commitment to TVW7’s annual Telethon. Although Newman is not well known outside of Western Australia, his commitment and service to the television industry in WA is a fantastic achievement.
Previous winners of the TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall of Fame have included Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton, Mike Walsh, Don Lane, Mike Willesee, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, James Davern, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Ruth Cracknell, Maurie Fields, Sam Chisholm, Bruce Gyngell, Johnny Young, Bill Collins and Steve Irwin. Three programs have also been entered into the Hall of Fame – 4 Corners, Neighbours and Play School.
Expect TV Week to announce this year’s inductee to the Hall of Fame prior to this year’s Logies telecast, scheduled for 2 May.
Source: The Australian