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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