The TV Week Logie Awards have been part of Australian television since 1958, two years after the introduction of television in Australia.
Originally called the TV Week Awards, it became better known as the Logies when Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight) came up with the name.
The inventor of television was John Logie Baird and Graham thought his middle name made a good name for an award. It was short, easy to
remember and could be linked to television history. Graham Kennedy was the first winner of the Star of the Year Logie award in 1959.
All Logie Awards by Year
It should be noted that TV Week magazine, the organization that controls the Logies, is published by the same company that owns national Nine TV network. Because the Logies is not run by an independent industry association, it’s credibility has been challenged over the years.
The Logies began as a popularity vote by readers of TV Week magazine in 1958. In response to criticism of the reader poll system which is open to abuse, TV Week later added peer-voted categories judged by an industry panel. Those voted on by TV Week readers are titled “Most Popular” and those peer-voted are titled “Most Outstanding”.
2011 marks the first time people were able to vote for the Most Popular categories without buying the magazine. All voting now is done completely online.
Hall of Fame Gold Logie
In 1994 the Hall of Fame award was added to recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals to Australian television. Recipients of this award include: Hector Crawford, Ruth Cracknell, Maurie Fields, Reg Grundy, Bruce Gyngell, Graham Kennedy, Don Lane, Bert Newton, Mike Walsh, Mike Willesse, and Johnny Young. This is a peer-voted category.
Kennedy Has Record Wins
The record for most Gold Logies ever won is held by Graham Kennedy. He won Gold Logies in 1959, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1978 and a Hall of Fame Gold Logie in 1998 for a total of 6 Gold Logies.
Kylie Minogue Makes Logie History
Another Aussie who stands out in the history of the Logies is Kylie Minogue. She began her career at age 11 in the soap Skyways. She moved on to star as Charlene in the hit show Neighbours. In 1987 Kylie became the youngest star to win the Silver Logie for “Most Popular Personality on Australian Television”. The following year she became the first ever to win 4 Logies on one night: Gold Logie for “Most Popular Personality on Australian Television”, Silver Logie (second year in a row) for “Most Popular Personality on Victorian (state) Television”, and “Most Popular Music Video in Australia” (for Locomotion). And she’s also the youngest Aussie (age 19 at the time) to receive five Logies and to receive a gold Logie.
More Young Logie Winners
There have been several other young Aussies to win Logies over the years. At the 1972 Logies Jamie Redfern was only 15 years old when he won his Logie for Best New Talent. Four years later Jacqui Lochhead was the first winner of the new category – Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile. Jacqui was only 13 years old when in 1976 she won the Logie for her performance as an intellectually disabled girl in the ABC drama Sally Go Round the Moon. She’s gone on to star in other Australian shows such as Neighbours.
It was only 2 years later when Beau Cox was awarded a 1978 Logie for Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile. He was only six years old when he accepted the Logie for his performance in the series Young Ramsay. Mark Spain was 10 years old when he received his Logie. His performance in the series The Restless Years was recognized with a Logie for Best Performance by a Juvenile.
Prior to 1967 the Logie Awards had very limited exposure on television. That all changed when in 1968 the Nine Network televised the entire awards program from Melbourne. Bert Newton (In Melbourne Tonight) took over the roll of host in 1967 and continued for over 20 years. 1975 saw the Logies telecast for the very first time in colour. Since being televised in Sydney in 1981, the awards were shown on both the Nine and Ten Networks over the next 8 years.
From 1989 to 1995 the Seven, Nine and Ten Networks took turns showing the Logies and since 1996 the awards have been telecast only on the Nine Network. Since 1968 there have been a variety of hosts including: Andrew Daddo, Andrew Denton, Wendy Harmer, Noni Hazelhurst, Ray Martin, Eddie McGuire, Mark Mitchell, Bert Newton, and Daryl Somers.
Over the years there have been many international celebrities invited to appear at the Logies. In 1965 Donna Douglas, (Beverley Hillbillies’ Elly-May) was the first presenter. Other presenters include: Muhammad Ali, Big Bird, Ernest Borgnine, Sammy Davis Jr, Rock Hudson, Kate Jackson, Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, Matt Le Blanc, Ricky Martin, Lee Marvin, Chuck Norris, Roger Moore, Tony Randall, Mickey Rooney, William Shatner, John Travolta, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams, and Henry Winkler.
In 1970 special Gold Logies were awarded to the Apollo II crew (1969 moon walk crew).
In 2002, Wendy Harmer became the first woman to host the Logies alone.
Empty Seats – the show uses seat fillers (normally Network 9 staffer) to sit in a seat when a Logie guest doesn’t show up. They also sit in the seats of guests while they use the toilet or take a smoko. Why? Most shows don’t like to have the audience filmed with empty seats showing.
Logie Engraving – the names of all nominees are engraved on self-adhesive plates. Just before the show the engraved plate of the winner is placed on their Logie and taken backstage ready to be presented.