TV Week has announced that the 62nd annual TV Week Logie Awards will take place at The Star Gold Coast on 28 June.
It is the third year that the Gold Coast has hosted TV’s “night of nights”.
The Nine Network will be host broadcaster of the awards for the 25th consecutive year, with the proceedings broadcast on Nine and 9Now.
And for the first time in the Awards’ 62-year history, the public will not get a say in who makes the list of nominations for the categories based on popularity.
Networks, plus Foxtel and streaming providers, will submit a short list of candidates for each publicly-voted category. The names and titles will then be ranked according to ratings and social media data, and judged by a panel of experts. The final list of nominees will then be open to a five-week public vote, similar to recent custom.
In some ways it streamlines the voting process compared to recent years but at the same time it takes the democratic nature of the determination of nominees based on popularity out of the viewers’ reach. This is a criticism that TV Week in the past has laid on rival past awards like the People’s Choice Awards that only allowed the public to vote from a set list of candidates, although including social media engagement and ratings data does give viewers an indirect influence over selection of nominees.
The TV Week Logie Awards will also launch a new category this year — Most Popular Australian Actor Or Actress In An International Program — to recognise the achievements of Australian actors who have made it big in cracking the overseas market.
The change to the popular-voted categories will not apply to the Outstanding categories which have traditionally been judged by a panel appointed by TV Week.