NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has expressed interest in having the TV Week Logie Awards in her state, a push that could dash Queensland’s hopes of hosting the event.
“I think it would be wonderful to have parts of NSW fight for the Logies, whether it’s regional NSW or Western Sydney,” she said this morning.
Like it or not, a NSW event would be much cheaper for TV networks than sending talent to Queensland, and fit better with production schedules.
Meanwhile Karl Stefanovic is so incensed he is even threatening a boycott.
“I’m not happy about this Logies situation with Melbourne,” he said this morning.
“I’m telling you right now if the Logies move from Melbourne I’m boycotting them. I will not be going to the Logies.”
The Gold Logie winner even got confused between state and federal politics, insisting, “This is a joke of giant proportions. Kevin Andrews has lost the plot completely.”
But it is Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews whose govt will no longer invest an estimated $1m as a tourist and economic event.
“For $1 million the advertising Victoria gets is second to none,” Stefanovic continued. “You may as well have the Ekka in Perth. You may as well have the Hamilton Island race week on Fitzroy Island. This is disgusting and I will be boycotting the Logies until they’re back in Melbourne at Crown Casino. Enough from me.”
But Lisa Wilkinson said she was already calling her co-star’s bluff.
With Today‘s “We Love Australia” catch-cry I’m not sure a boycott is wise, especially given he would be expected to front a post-Logies broadcast (and the less said about that the better).
Over on Studio 10 red-carpet devotee Rhonda Burchmore said she was “Absolutely shattered. It is our night for Cinderella to get dressed up….
“It is like Bert and Patty. Melbourne for me – I got my first start on variety television with The Don Lane Show and Bert Newton, Hey Hey it’s Saturday. It’s like moving Carols by Candlelight or the AFL from Melbourne.”
She added that a previous switch to the State Theatre in Sydney was boring.
“They moved it to the State Theatre theatre and they gave you a bag of Maltesers and a bottle of water.
“It was boring. And it went back to Melbourne the next year.”
Sunrise mentioned that a rural Logies would be fun and joked to “put in an early bid for raw and snore.”
Which really just conjures up other images….