AACTAs yet to announce broadcaster

dsc_4103It’s just over three weeks away, but we still don’t have broadcast details for the second AACTA Awards.

The former AFI Awards were launched in a blaze of glory last year, endorsed by big names such as Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett, with a star-studded night at the Sydney Opera House.

Nine broadcast the event, as it had done previously with the AFIs, followed by a screening on StarPics.

This year’s ceremony on January 30th will be held at the brand new The Star Event Centre in Sydney, following a
luncheon on January 28th.

But the AACTAs are yet to announce broadcast details.

Movie Networks is a sponsor of the 2013 event -and not Nine- but it no longer broadcasts after ending on December 31.

A spokesperson for AACTAs told TV Tonight last month everything would be fine and organisers were waiting for a final sign off.

Nine is also yet to release its broadcast schedule for the week of January 27.

Fingers crossed it all falls into place.


  1. i just recieved an email saying that Channel Ten has secured the AACTA’s, with Hugh Sheridan to host. It’s to air on January 30.

    Sheridan and AACTA president and actor, Geoffrey Rush to appear on The Project tonight.

    just a handful on links from google are appearing at this stage

  2. I feel there is a general apathy in the public towards these shows. There are so many of them that “oh, billy bob won a barfie for the best walk-on in a documentary, kids show, or test pattern whilst ogling BrAnjelina, on thursdays” no longer cuts it.

    I can’t see the FTA majors touching anything like this with a barge pole.

  3. You’d have to say the basic problem is that the Australian public is much more interested in watching Australian TV than Australian films, and yet no matter how well-intentioned the AACTA people are, their awards still value the (mostly unseen) films much more than the TV programs they recognise.

    Watching the thrilling battle between Wish You Were Here and Burning Man isn’t exactly going to drag the viewers in to an awards show. Maybe they should try and separate the film and TV awards into different events, like the BAFTAs do – that way people might actually tune in to the TV awards show.

    PS David, not strictly a TV question, but do you know if AACTA abandoned their International Awards after one year? No mention of them this time around.

    • Agree with much of what you said which is why AACTAs has continued to embrace TV categories. Populist names and shows will draw in stars and audiences. AFIs added International acting awards as a way of dragging in big names to the ceremony (that’s my theory anyway) and then it expanded with last year’s AACTAs with international movies to try and leverage international press in the awards season (Oscars, Globes, BAFTAs etc). They appear to be abandoned along with the tie-in to Say G’Day event in LA. I guess it’s fair to say the new awards are still finding the balance that works for them, so we’ll have to see how this year’s shapes up.

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