TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

Ray Martin won his third Gold Logie as Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 36th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held at Melbourne’s World Congress Centre on Sunday 17 April 1994 and telecast on the Nine Network. It was the first time since the 1960s that the awards were presented away from their traditional Friday night slot. “I hope we’ve started something with Sunday night at the Logies,” Martin, hosting the awards for the first time, told TV Week. “It was exciting having the first ‘new look’ Logies.”

Martin’s Gold win ranked him ahead of fellow nominees Gary Sweet, Daryl Somers and Home And Away star Dieter Brummer. “I thought it was Gary’s year, so I’m very pleased,” Martin told TV Week. Martin, who had recently switched from hosting Midday to A Current Affair, also won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality.

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It was a big night for ABC‘s Police Rescue, with Gary Sweet and Sonia Todd winning the Silver Logies for Most Popular Actor and Actress. Police Rescue won the first of the new category Most Popular Drama, beating Nine Network dramas Law Of The Land and Snowy.

The Seven Network’s Home And Away again won the Logie for Most Popular Series, beating A Country Practice and GP. Home And Away star Melissa George won Most Popular New Talent, ahead of Kimberley Davies and Jo Beth Taylor.

Hey Hey It’s Saturday won Most Popular Light Entertainment Program, beating The Late Show and Midday. However, The Late Show in turn beat Hey Hey It’s Saturday for Most Popular Comedy Program.

Burke’s Backyard won the Logie for Most Popular Lifestyle/Information Program for the fifth consecutive year and the only show to have won the award since the category launched in 1990.

The Seven Network’s Real Life, hosted by Stan Grant, broke A Current Affair‘s five-year winning streak for Most Popular Public Affairs Program.  “I never had any doubts at all when people were saying we wouldn’t go the distance,” Grant told TV Week. “I know one thing. They don’t give these awards to critics, so they can go write what they like.”

Seven also won Most Popular Sports Program for its coverage of the 1993 AFL Grand Final, and Agro’s Cartoon Connection won Most Popular Children’s Program for the fourth year running.

Ruth Cracknell, star of the ABC situation comedy Mother And Son, won the Logie for Most Popular Comedy Personality. Cracknell and co-star Garry McDonald both won Silver Logies for the industry-voted Most Outstanding Actress and Actor.

ABC scored well in the Most Outstanding categories, with wins by The Late Show, Phoenix 2 and documentary Labor In Power.

The Nine Network’s coverage of the announcement of Sydney as host city of the 2000 Olympic Games won Most Outstanding Achievement In News, and the Sunday report “Ships Of Shame” won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.

Veteran actor Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell was the 11th inductee into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. Through his career, Tingwell has been an actor, director, writer, producer and teacher and a passionate supporter of the Australian industry.  His career started in 1941 as a cadet announcer at Sydney radio station 2CH. His career later took him to the United Kingdom where he worked for the next 15 years on stage, film and television. He returned to Australia in the early 1970s, initially as a guest star in Division 4 and then an ongoing role with Homicide. From that point on Tingwell had worked almost continuously, both in front and behind the camera.

The awards presentation got off to a futuristic start with a reworking of The Heat Is On (as “The TV’s On”) with David Dixon and Abi Tucker, and a line-up of stars including Gary Sweet, Jon English, Rebecca Gibney, Jane Hall, Shirley Strachan, Kimberley Davies, Derryn Hinch (on drums), Matthew Krok and Marika (Mark Mitchell) revved up the crowd with the ’70s hit Most People I Know.

Actors Michael Crawford and Murphy Brown star Grant Shaud were overseas guests at the Logies, with soul singer Randy Crawford performing the ballad Imagine.

TV Week Logie Winners 1994: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Ray Martin (Midday)

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Gary Sweet (Police Rescue)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Sonia Todd (Police Rescue)

Most Popular Series: Home And Away (Seven)
Most Popular Drama: Police Rescue (ABC)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Nine)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Ray Martin (Midday)
Most Popular Comedy Program: The Late Show (ABC)
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Ruth Cracknell (Mother And Son)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: Real Life (Seven)
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard (Nine)
Most Popular Sports Program: AFL Grand Final (Seven)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Seven)
Most Popular New Talent: Melissa George (Home And Away)

TV Week Logie Winners 1994: Industry Voting Categories:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Garry McDonald (Mother And Son)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Ruth Cracknell (Mother And Son)

Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Phoenix 2 (ABC)
Most Outstanding Documentary: Labor In Power (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Sydney 2000 Announcement” (Nine)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Ships Of Shame”, Sunday (Nine)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: The Late Show (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: Rest In Peace (Prime)

Source: TV Week, 16 April 1994, 23 April 1994.

The 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 30 June, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network and 9Now.

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TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

In Melbourne Tonight host Graham Kennedy won the Gold Logie for Best Male Personality On Australian Television at the 11th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were hosted by Bert Newton and held at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel on Friday 21 March 1969. The presentation was telecast by the Nine Network, shown live to Sydney and Melbourne and videotaped for delayed broadcast in other cities. It was estimated that the Logies presentation was watched by around four million viewers.

Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton

The Gold Logie was Kennedy’s third — he’d previously won in 1960 and 1967 — and came as he had finally claimed to break into the Sydney market, something which had long been a source of frustration for the Melbourne-based star.

For the second year running, TV Week had deemed there to be no single female with sufficient votes on a national scale to justify receiving a Gold Logie.

Johnny Farnham and Bert Newton

Johnny Farnham, a former plumber turned pop star, won the Logie for Best Teenage Personality. The 19-year-old became a household name with the song Sadie The Cleaning Lady and was on the verge of taking his career overseas, with visits planned to the United Kingdom and United States and had been booked for an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Dawn Lake and Bobby Limb

The Best Australian Variety Show award for the third year in a row went to the Nine Network’s Sound Of Music, hosted by Bobby Limb and wife Dawn Lake. The award came just days after Limb had announced plans to take the show across to the rival 0-10 Network.

The Seven Network‘s Homicide won Best Australian Drama for the fifth year in a row.

ABC sitcom I’ve Married A Bachelor won the Logie for Best Australian Comedy. Starring Peter Whitford, June Thody, Donald MacDonald and Aileen Britton, the series about a young newlywed couple with a husband reluctant to give up his bachelor ways entirely, was a ratings hit for ABC and had also sold overseas. At the time of the award, I’ve Married A Bachelor had just been renewed for a second series.

Peter Whitford and June Thody

ABC film Talgai Skull, documenting the archaeological discovery of the first fossilised evidence of early human occupation in the Talgai region in Queensland, won the Logie for Best Australian Documentary.  Such was the acclaim of the 55-minute film that its producer and director Tom Haydon was soon offered a job with BBC to co-produce a documentary series on the rise and fall of the British Empire.

A cigarette commercial featuring advertising executive Tony Barber, who had been seconded at the last minute to appear in the advertisement, won the Logie for Best Commercial. Featuring Barber “whistling” through Martin Place in Sydney, the commercial was seemingly a hit with viewers and its product, Cambridge. Barber was soon to find further TV fame as a game show host for many years.

The 1969 awards inaugurated a new category — the George Wallace Memorial Award For Best New Talent. Named in honour of recently departed comedian George Wallace, the first award went to actor Gerard Kennedy, formerly of the spy drama Hunter and, at the time of the award, the lead actor in police drama Division 4. Kennedy received his award from Wallace’s widow, Marj.

Marj Wallace and Gerard Kennedy

American comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In won the Logie for Best Overseas Show. Just as it had been a hit in the US, the controversial series of kooky and socially risque gags was a hit for the 0-10 Network in Australia.

There were two special awards presented. ABC children’s series Adventure Island won a Special Award for Best Children’s Show. The award particularly acknowledged the work of show’s creator and producer Godfrey Philipp and both former host Nancy Cato and new host Sue Donovan (now McIntosh).

The second special award, Best Export Production, was presented to Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. The children’s adventure series was not just a hit in Australia but was an international success, with sales to 80 countries and in syndication across 160 local stations in the United States. Accepting the award were series co-stars Ed Deveraux, Ken James and Skippy herself.

In the state-based awards, Sydney Tonight host Don Lane won his fourth Logie for Best Male Personality in New South Wales. The win came after a controversial year for Lane, who was absent from television for four months while he was waiting to go on trial on charges of importing marijuana into Australia. He had spent four nights in jail while the jury was deciding his fate, but Lane was then declared not guilty. His return to television gave him another blow, when Tonight was cut back to one episode a week. But by the end of 1968 he had secured a new contract with Nine and was busy working the club circuit.

“I had my fingers crossed for this award,” an emotional Lane said in his acceptance speech, “and I should like to thank the people of New South Wales for believing in me when I needed them most.”

Tonight also won Best Show in New South Wales, and TCN9 weather presenter Penny Spence won the Logie for Best Female Personality in New South Wales.

In Victoria, In Melbourne Tonight personality Mike Preston won the Logie for Best Male Personality in Victoria. Preston’s win brought an end to Graham Kennedy’s seven-year winning streak in the category. In Melbourne Tonight won Best Show in Victoria for the seventh time, and GTV9 presenter Rosemary Margan won Best Female Personality in Victoria.

Overseas guests at the 1969 award presentation included William Shatner (Star Trek), Barbara Anderson (Ironside), Dennis Cole (Felony Squad) and Barry Morse (The Fugitive). Shatner followed up his Logies engagement with a tour of Australia, including Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.

Anderson claimed to have been enamoured with some of the Australian slang that she hoped to take back to Hollywood. “When we arrived in Sydney, somebody at the airport said we must now ‘crash on’ to our hotel in the city. ‘Crash on?’, I asked, ‘for God’s sake what does that mean?’. But the one which really threw me when was when somebody hadn’t arrived and we were told he had probably shot through like a Bondi bus.”

Barbara Anderson and Graham Kennedy

National awards:

Gold Logie — Best Male Personality: Graham Kennedy
Gold Logie — Best Female Personality: (Not awarded)

Best Australian Teenage Personality: Johnny Farnham

Best Australian Variety Show: Sound Of Music

Best Australian Drama Series: Homicide
Best Australian Comedy: I’ve Married A Bachelor
Best Overseas Show: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

Best Commercial: Cambridge Cigarettes

George Wallace Memorial Logie For Best New Talent: Gerard Kennedy

Special Award — Best Children’s Show: Adventure Island

Special Award — Best Export Production: Skippy The Bush Kangaroo

William Shatner and Rosemary Margan

State-based awards (Best Male Personality, Best Female Personality, Best Show):

NSW: Don Lane, Penny Spence, Tonight
VIC: Mike Preston, Rosemary Margan, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Dick McCann, Joy Chambers, I’ve Got A Secret
SA: Ernie Sigley, Anne Wills, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: Lindsay Edwards, Caroline Schmit, Line-Up

Source: TV Week, 29 March 1969, 5 April 1969. The Age, 20 March 1969. 

The 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 30 June, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network and 9Now.

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Obituary: Bill Collins

Bill Collins, whose Golden Years Of Hollywood made him a favourite for generations of viewers, has died peacefully in his sleep. He was 84.

Although he had a love of movies since he was a young child, his career was not headed in that direction. He was a lecturer at Sydney Teacher’s College when he started presenting movie reviews for ABC‘s Roundabout program in 1963. He also began writing movie reviews for TV Times magazine.

A few years later he joined Sydney’s TCN9 to host The Golden Years Of Hollywood. In the mid-1970s he moved to rival channel ATN7 as movie host, including presenting movie reviews on the Sunday night news.

He gained a national profile when he joined the Ten Network in 1980, bringing his double-features on The Golden Years Of Hollywood to Saturday nights for over a decade. His enthusiastic introductions, intermissions and interviews were as popular as the movies themselves. He also hosted midday movies, The Bill Collins Picture Show and Sunday matinee movies. He also wrote movie reviews and had a weekly column in TV Week during the 1980s.

Television was changing in the 1990s with the advent of pay-TV, and Collins made the move to Foxtel when it launched in 1995. He continued The Golden Years Of Hollywood for Foxtel up until last year.

He received an Order of Australia Medal in 1987, was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and, in his 50th year on television, won the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

His wife of 36 years, Joan Collins, said in a statement issued by Foxtel: “Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear Bill – he will never be forgotten. How fortunate we were to have him in our lives. On behalf of Bill’s family and myself, I would like to thank the public for the great support given to Bill over the years.

“Bill’s love of film was encouraged by you, his audience, and his love of sharing his passion, which increased over the five decades that he presented on every Australian television. Bill was always thrilled when he realised the joy and happiness he gave to his viewers. He never took them for granted, always wanting to please.

“Darling Bill you will be loved and missed always.”

Source: The Age, Foxtel


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SBS World Movies: The first week


SBS has released its first program guide for its new channel, World Movies.

World Movies commences broadcasting on 1 July on Channel 32. It will broadcast in high definition only, alongside Viceland HD on Channel 31 and SBS HD on Channel 30.

Times apply for all states.

P = Premiere screening
RPT = Repeat

Monday 1

10am Remi Nobody’s Boy (France, 2017) P
12pm Office (China, 2015) P
2.15pm Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (UK, 2012) P
4pm The Crow’s Egg (India, 2014) P
5.45pm Mary And Max (Australia, 2008) RPT
7.30pm Lion (Australia, 2016) RPT
9.45pm Rafiki (France, 2018) P
11.25pm Through The Fire (France, 2018) P

Tuesday 2

1.40am Office (China, 2015) RPT
3.50am Family Law (Argentina, 2006) RPT
5.45am Playtime (France, 1967) RPT
8am Remi Nobody’s Boy (France, 2017) RPT
10.05am Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (UK, 2012) RPT
12pm Rafiki (France, 2018) RPT
1.35pm Playtime (France, 1967) RPT
3.50pm Family Law (Argentina, 2006) RPT
5.45pm The Crow’s Egg (India, 2014) RPT
7.30pm Eye In The Sky (UK, 2015) P

9.30pm Just A Breath Away (France, 2015) P **Focus On Romain Duris**
11.15pm Rafiki (France, 2018) RPT

Wednesday 3

12.50am Rolling To You (Belgium, 2018) RPT
2.55am Office (China, 2015) RPT
5.15am Remi Nobody’s Boy (France, 2017) RPT
7.15am Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (UK, 2012) RPT
9.05am Mary And Max (Australia, 2008) RPT
10.55am The Crow’s Egg (India, 2014) RPT
12.35pm Through The Fire (France, 2018) RPT
2.55pm Wings Of Desire (Germany, 1987) RPT
5.35pm Family Law (Argentina, 2006) RPT
7.30pm The Curse Of The Golder Flower (Hong Kong, 2006) P
9.35pm Whiplash (USA, 2014) P
11.40pm Rolling To You (Belgium, 2018) RPT

Thursday 4

1.40am  Just A Breath Away (France, 2015) RPT
3.20am Playtime (France, 1967) RPT
5.30am Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar (France, 1998) RPT
7.30am Summer Wars (Japan, 2009)
9.30am The Lunchbox (India, 2013) RPT
11.30am Dancing Ninja (South Korea, 2010) P
1.20pm Just A Breath Away (France, 2015) RPT
3pm Parineeta (India, 2005)
5.30pm Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar (France, 1998) RPT
7.30pm Brick Lane (India, 2007) RPT ** Women In Film**
9.30pm Pin Cushion (UK, 2017) P ** Women In Film **
11.10pm Someone Else’s Happiness (Belgium, 2005) ** Women In Film **

Friday 5

1.05am Brick Lane (India, 2007) RPT
3.05am Wings Of Desire (Germany, 1987) RPT
5.45am The Lunchbox (India, 2013) RPT
7.45am Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar (France, 1998) RPT
9.50am Summer Wars (Japan, 2009) RPT
12pm Brick Lane (India, 2007) RPT
1.50pm Paris Can Wait (Japan, 2016) P
3.35pm Dancing Ninja (South Korea, 2010) RPT
5.30pm The Lunchbox (India, 2013) RPT
7.30pm Amelie (France, 2007) RPT
9.40pm Ash Is The Purest White (China, 2018) P

Saturday 6

12.15am Someone Else’s Happiness (Belgium) RPT
2am Amelie (France, 2007) RPT
4.10am Dancing Ninja (South Korea, 2010) RPT
6am My Neighbour Totoro (Japan, 1988) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
7.40am Kiki’s Delivery Service (Japan, 1989) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
9.45am Ponyo (Japan, 2008) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
11.45am Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Japan, 1986) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
2.05pm The Secret World of Arrietty (Japan, 2010) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
3.50pm Kiki’s Delivery Service (Japan, 1989) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
5.50pm My Neighbour Totoro (Japan, 1988) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
7.30pm Sky Hunter (China, 2017) P
9.40pm The 12th Man (Norway, 2017) P

Sunday 7

12.15am Ash Is The Purest White (China, 2018) RPT
2.45am Monkey King: The Hero (China, 2016) RPT
4.15am What We Did On Our Holiday (UK, 2014) P
6am Ponyo (Japan, 2008) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
8am The Secret World of Arrietty (Japan, 2010) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
9.45am Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Japan, 1986) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
12.05pm Kiki’s Delivery Service (Japan, 1989) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
2.05pm My Neighbour Totoro (Japan, 1988) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
3.45pm The Secret World of Arrietty (Japan, 2010) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
5.30pm Ponyo (Japan, 2008) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
7.30pm Spirited Away (Japan, 2001) RPT ** Studio Ghibli **
10pm Loving Pablo (Bulgaria, 2017) P

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Pick up your milk, bread… and TV News!

Elaine Lee and Johnny Lockwood, Number 96

Not all TV magazines during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s were the glossy TV Week or TV Times types.

It was not uncommon for patrons of milk bars, grocery stores, petrol stations or other small businesses to be offered a free weekly TV magazine with the compliments of said retailer.

In Melbourne, TV News was one such publication during the 1960s to the 1980s. No shiny pages or glossy pictures here. Printed on newsprint, apart from the front cover there were very few pictures, and certainly not in colour. Other than the day-to-day program guide the rest of the magazine comprised largely  of “highlights” of the week’s viewing and perhaps a horoscope or a recipe to fill up some page space.

Ashley Grenville and Eric Oldfield,
The Godfathers

Debbie Byrne, Young Talent Time

In southern New South Wales in the 1960s, TV Tonight (no relation to the website of the same name!) offered a free magazine with program listings for Wagga Wagga, Orange/Dubbo and Canberra. This copy featured a picture of local CBN8 presenter Michael McRae on the cover:

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20 years since the last Eleven AM

Andrew Daddo and Melissa Doyle

Twenty years ago, 28 May 1999, saw the final edition of Seven‘s morning news and current affairs program Eleven AM.

The program, which began in October 1975, debuted about a year after the demise of Seven’s breakfast news show, Today.

Ross Symonds and Graham Kennedy. Eleven AM, circa 1984

Eleven AM was originally broadcast only in Sydney but was soon expanded across the Seven Network.

Hosts of the program over the years included Roger Climpson, Steve Liebmann, Vincent Smith, Ross Symonds, Clive Robertson, Graham Kennedy, Richard Zachariah, Ann Sanders and Anne Fulwood By the end of its run, it was hosted by Andrew Daddo and Melissa Doyle, with newsreader Natalie Barr and weather presenter Sonia Kruger.

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The same day also marked the debut of the “7” logo watermark on our screens. Hard to believe now, but even before social media was here, there was a certain outrage that a TV station sought to ‘burn in’ their logo on our TV screens. Little did we know what sort of on-screen litter was to come…

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TV Week Logie Awards — Nominations

TV Week has announced its nominees for the upcoming 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The nominees for the awards’ highest honour — the Gold Logie — are Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Dancing With The Stars), Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia), Eve Morey (Neighbours), Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor), Sam Mac (Sunrise), Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz) and Waleed Aly (The Project).

Still to be announced is this year’s TV Week Logie Awards‘ Hall Of Fame recipient.

From 24 June up until the end of the red-carpet telecast on 30 June, fans will be able to vote for the Gold Logie and other Most Popular award categories from the short list of nominees at the TV Week Logie Awards website:

The 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast on Sunday 30 June and broadcast on the Nine Network and 9Now.

Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Sam Mac (Sunrise)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)

(Last year’s winner: Grant Denyer)

Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road)
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Ryan Moloney (Neighbours)

(Last year’s winner: Ray Meagher)

Asher Keddie (The Cry)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven)
Deborah Mailman (Bite Club/Mystery Road)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Jenna Coleman (The Cry)
Marta Dusseldorp (A Place To Call Home/Jack Irish)

(Last year’s winner: Jessica Marais)

Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Julia Morris (Blind Date / I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! / Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)

(Last year’s winner: Grant Denyer)

Bonnie Anderson (Neighbours)
Courtney Miller (Home And Away)
Dylan Alcott (The Set)
Eddie Woo (Teenage Boss)
Joe Jonas (The Voice Australia)
Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road)

(Last year’s winner: Dilruk Jayasinha)

Doctor Doctor
Home And Away
Mystery Road
The Cry

(Last year’s winner: Wentworth)

Anh’s Brush With Fame
Dancing With The Stars
Gogglebox Australia
Hard Quiz
The Voice Australia

(Last year’s winner: Gogglebox Australia)

Have You Been Paying Attention?
Hughesy, We Have A Problem
Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
True Story With Hamish & Andy

(Last year’s winner: Have You Been Paying Attention?)

Australian Survivor
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
My Kitchen Rules
The Block

(Last year’s winner: The Block)

Back In Time For Dinner
Better Homes And Gardens
Gardening Australia
Selling Houses Australia
The Living Room
Travel Guides

(Last year’s winner: The Living Room)

60 Minutes
A Current Affair
Australian Story
Four Corners
The Project

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi
Dundee: Australia’s Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia
Frank by Westpac
I AM the Captain of my own soul by Invictus Games
Naked Wrestling by KFC
Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

Doctor Doctor
Mystery Road
Secret City: Under the Eagle

(Last year’s winner: Wentworth)

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You
On The Ropes
Pine Gap
The Cry

(Last year’s winner: Romper Stomper)

Aaron Pedersen (Detective Jay Swan, Mystery Road)
Bryan Brown (Ray Reed, Bloom)
Jay Ryan (Sean ‘Speedo’ Collins, Fighting Season)
Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson, Wentworth)
Scott Ryan (Ray Shoesmith, Mr Inbetween)

(Last year’s winner: Hugo Weaving)

Danielle Cormack (Karen Koutoufides, Secret City: Under the Eagle)
Jenna Coleman (Joanna, The Cry)
Judy Davis (Emma James, Mystery Road)
Leah Purcell (Rita Connors, Wentworth)
Nicole Chamoun (Amirah Al-Amir, On The Ropes)

(Last year’s winner: Pamela Rabe)

Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart, Wentworth)
Ewen Leslie (Ted Nordenfelt, Fighting Season)
Frankie J Holden (Roy Briggs, A Place to Call Home)
Ian Meadows (Corey Baxter, Dead Lucky)
Wayne Blair (Larry Dime, Mystery Road)

(Last year’s winner: Hazem Shammas)

Asher Keddie (Alexandra, The Cry)
Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth)
Jacki Weaver (Gwen Reed, Bloom)
Keisha Castle-Hughes (Jess, On The Ropes)
Susie Porter (The Muse, The Second)

(Last year’s winner: Jacqueline McKenzie)

Australian Ninja Warrior
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2018
Gogglebox Australia
Have You Been Paying Attention?
True Story With Hamish & Andy

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

Grace Beside Me
Mustangs FC
Teenage Boss
The Bureau Of Magical Things

(Last year’s winner: Little J & Big Cuz)

Australia V India (Second Test in Perth)
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Supercars Championship: Bathurst
The 2018 FIFA World Cup

(Last year’s winner: Bathurst 1000)

Coverage Of The Thai Cave Rescue – Four Corners – Out of the Dark
James Comey Interview – 7.30
Leadership Spill – Sky News
Townsville Flood Disaster – 7 News
Who Cares? – Four Corners

(Last year’s winner: “The Siege” (Four Corners))

Employable Me
Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
The Pacific – In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neil

(Last year’s winner: War On Waste)

Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders
House Rules
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
The Block

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

Source: TV Week

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The first Media Watch

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It is 30 years since Media Watch made its debut on ABC.

The first episode, broadcast on 8 May 1989, packed a lot into its quarter hour episode. It reviewed media coverage of the release from a Thai prison of rugby league star Paul Hayward; the reporting by Sydney media into the shooting death of an Aboriginal man by police; the media’s favourable coverage of candidate, former illegal gambling boss Gerry Bellino in an upcoming Brisbane by-election; an interview with Brisbane’s Courier-Mail editor, Greg Chamberlin; and the upcoming launch of an Australian re-print of salacious UK newspaper Sunday Sport.

Initially hosted by Stuart Littlemore, a former This Day Tonight and Four Corners journalist, Media Watch sought to analyse the strengths and failings of journalism in this country, while also showing some of the  gaffes in media reporting. Although each episode only fills 15 minutes, it’s a very labour intensive format in terms of research.

Littlemore left the program in 1997, to be replaced by Radio National host Richard Ackland. Other hosts of the program over the years include David Marr, Liz Jackson, Monica Attard, Jonathan Holmes and — currently into his third stint — Paul Barry. All hosts have come through the ranks of ABC one way or another.

One of the biggest stories to break from Media Watch was in 1999, of what was to become the “cash for comment” affair — where high profile radio hosts Alan Jones and John Laws were revealed to be accepting undeclared payments in return for positive commentary on major corporations such as Qantas, Optus, Foxtel and the banks.

Media Watch was axed in 2000 under the ABC’s managing director Jonathan Shier, who was openly critical of the program.

After Shier himself left the ABC a year later, Media Watch was reinstated and has continued to fill the post-Four Corners timeslot on Monday nights ever since.

Since 2017, Media Watch has also had an online spin-off, Media Bites, presenting a shorter, sharper analysis of the media for a more social media-savvy crowd.

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The Footy Show vanishes with a whimper

Nine‘s Melbourne-based The Footy Show made a quiet exit this week, ending a 25-year run without the on-air talent even knowing until after the curtain had fallen. Even considering it’s been on death row for a while, Nine’s eventual decision to axe the revamped show after disastrous ratings this year barely acknowledged that it was for many years one of the network’s flagship brands.

“I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard working crew for their great contribution,” said Nine’s Melbourne Managing Director, Matt Scriven, in a press release quietly sent out at 10.30pm on Thursday night after the show had signed off for the week. No opportunity for the current hosts to say goodbye, or even any opportunity to acknowledge or farewell the many that had hosted it beforehand.

For years, The Footy Show with Eddie McGuire (pictured), Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade dominated Thursday night TV in Melbourne. Others to have hosted or been panel regulars on the show included Garry Lyon, Billy Brownless, James Brayshaw, Dermott Brereton, Rebecca Maddern, Craig Hutchison, Dave Hughes and Shane Crawford.

It followed on the tradition of the former Seven program League Teams, with Lou Richards, Jack Dyer and Bob Davis announcing the teams for the upcoming weekend of football with a side serving of comedy.

It was also a natural spin-off from the Sunday morning Footy Show, which in turn had elements of the old World Of Sport footy panels.

The Footy Show won a string of Logie Awards for Most Popular Sports Program, and its Sydney-based NRL version of the same title (axed last year) was likewise well awarded in the same category over the years.

There were many end-of-season concert spectaculars, and live shows from overseas including two from London.

Although the latest revamp of the show was getting ratings that would make SBS blush, at its peak it was getting ratings in Melbourne alone that would be the envy of national shows these days. Its success was ironic in that for most of its 25 year run its host network did not have broadcast rights to AFL.

Even though the show was deemed well past its prime, with each Sam Newman-led offence (and there were plenty) seemingly failing to acknowledge that some of the elements that made it hit in the ’90s were no longer so appealing in the 2010s, it is somewhat disingenuous of Nine to let the show go after 25 years by barely acknowledging its longevity and contribution to the network’s success in earlier times and to not give it a chance to have a proper send off.


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SBS bringing movies back home

SBS has announced plans to launch a new 24-hour-a-day movie channel from 1 July.

The new channel will broadcast in high definition. SBS will become the only Australian network to have three high-definition channels, with SBS on Channel 30, SBS Viceland on 31 and the new channel on 32.

The new channel marks a significant boost in LOTE (Languages Other Than English) content on SBS which has been lacking for some time. Lobby groups Save Our SBS recently submitted a proposal to the SBS Board to create a new channel based predominantly on LOTE content.

Save Our SBS President Steve Aujard said: “In our submission, we referred to studies that showed that the two most desired program types in peak viewing are foreign language movies (subtitled) scoring 77%, and foreign language TV series (subtitled) scoring 58%. Clearly SBS have focused on the international movie aspect in their new channel.

“Years ago SBS was known for its movies in a variety of languages. Audiences loved that. It dominated primetime viewing and separated SBS from other media.”

In a statement issued Monday, SBS managing director James Taylor said: “Movies provide people with the opportunity to escape to worlds outside of our own, with stories that entertain and inspire us, make us think, laugh and even cry. International cinema does this in a truly unique way, and has been an important part of SBS’s offering for decades, giving Australians the opportunity to delve into cultures through cinematic masterpieces captivating audiences around the world.

“People come to SBS for content they don’t find anywhere else. SBS World Movies has a proud tradition of showcasing the best international films, reflecting the diversity of global cinema, and we’re excited to further evolve this offering and make it available to all Australians for free this July.”

The new channel will broadcast more than 700 films each year, with international titles including recent award winning and critically acclaimed films such as Amanda (France), The 12th Man (Norway), Just A Breath Away (France), Ash is the Purest White (China), Aligarth (India), Girl (Belgium) and Killing of a Sacred Deer (UK).

For over 20 years, SBS presented the World Movies channel on pay-TV. This was wound up in 2018.

SBS also has an extensive catalogue of international movies already available at SBS On Demand.

Source: SBS, Save Our SBS

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