The Bazura Project v Logies
A community television programme reckons it should be eligible for Logie consideration. But TV Week says no.
Media Watch last night reported on correspondence between the TV Week Logie Awards and the presenters of Channel 31’s cult comedy show The Bazura Project.
Writer / Director / Presenter Shannon Marinko had hoped to submit their movie review show for the panel-voted Outstanding Comedy Show. According to Media Watch, Marinko knew he wouldn’t be a shot at winning but had hoped that in a year without The Chaser, Kath & Kim and Chris Lilley there was at least a chance for a nomination.
But TV Week doesn’t include nominations for community television despite the fact its rules stipulate eligibility covers “outstanding achievement for the production of a comedy program or series televised on any free-to-air or subscription TV network in the year 2008.”
“As TV WEEK does not cover community television within the magazine, we are unable to consider individual programs on this platform for the TV WEEK Logie Awards,” advised project manager Cate Carpenter.
But Shannon Marinko responded with, “I’m sorry to get picky, but there’s nothing in the rules that state that a program is only eligible if it receives coverage within TV Week magazine.”
TV Week remained unmoved.
As anyone familiar with Logies history knows of course, Gold Logie winner Rove McManus got his start on community television.
The community show (which TV Tonight wrote about in 2008) airs at 9:30pm Thursdays in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and 8:30pm in Sydney.
Watch for this ruling to be re-worded by 2010.