The TV Week Logie Awards have lost the financial backing of the Victorian Government and are tipped to relocate from Melbourne to Brisbane or the Gold Coast for their 60th event in 2018.
Tourism and Major Events Minister John Eren told the Herald Sun: “We’re proud to have been home to the Logies for more than 30 years, but it’s time to pass on the baton.
“No matter where the Logies go next, Victoria will remain the cultural and events capital of Australia.”
Rumours of the event being hijacked by Sydney or Brisbane have surfaced in recent years, but the loss of funding from Melbourne could prove to be the deal breaker. Bauer Media will ultimately decide where the event is next staged, but could still keep it at Melbourne if it chose to incorporate the shortfall or cut costs.
Melbourne is the traditional home of the Logies, having hosted 54 of the 59 events, including at Crown Palladium (since 1997), Hyatt, Hilton, Radisson, Southern Cross hotels. Sydney last hosted it at the State Theatre in 1986.
“The Logies belong in Melbourne,” perennial host Bert Newton said.
“Some shows work best in one city and the Logies have always worked best here in Melbourne as it’s always been the home of live television.
“They’ve tried them interstate a few times and it wasn’t successful.
“In my mind it’s like losing the AFL Grand Final or the Melbourne Cup.”
Despite some cheeky campaigns to relocate the event -including to Dubbo, NSW- a shift to Brisbane will also represent a hefty travel bill for networks given most casts are based in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Gold Logie winner Kate Ritchie added: “The Gods have been threatening a move to Sydney for a long time now. I’m not sure the Logies will be the same without a weekend away for us Sydneysiders in Melbourne, or the trepidation about making it elegantly up the black marble staircase at Crown Towers upon arrival!”