With just days until a TV identity is inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame, Kerri-Anne Kennerley appears to be firming as the front-runner.
TV Tonight hears whispers the enduring doyenne of Australian TV may finally land her very first Logie Award (yes, she has none).
KAK, as she is affectionately known, is an industry survivor, first appearing on our screens at the age of 13 in Brisbane in 1967. Since then she has worked for Nine, TEN, Seven and Foxtel networks, hosting Good Morning Australia, Midday, Kerri-Anne and a game show we’ll try not to recall named Greed.
She’s coaxed Treasurers into dancing the Macarena and competed on Dancing with the Stars. She’s been a Celebrity Apprentice coach and a Sunday Night reporter. And through it all been a thorough professional, making it all seem so effortless.
But last year we watched with heartbreak as her beloved husband John battled after a paralysing accident, with a devoted Kerri-Anne by his side every step of the way. He continues his recovery with every passing week. If he is well enough to attend on Sunday it would make for a truly emotional moment.
Kerri-Anne is one of several leading ladies who have spearheaded a TV Tonight campaign to address a gender imbalance in the Logie Hall of Fame. Last year Noni Hazlehurst was finally inducted and KAK would be an extremely worthy inductee.
TV historian Andrew Mercado recently said, “Considering how few women are in the Hall of Fame, both Kerri-Anne and Denise Drysdale are overdue for recognition. Between them, they have each chalked up more hours of live TV than most blokes – and neither shows any sign of slowing down. Denise has deservedly won two Gold Logies already but it’s a crime that KAK still doesn’t have one,” he said.
Meanwhile you can still cast your vote in the site’s Tip the Logies survey, including a question on the Hall of Fame.
Survey closes 5pm AEST Friday April 21.
Voting requires a valid email.