It was an idea first floated in January, but it could come true in 2010.
TV Tonight hears new whispers that the Logie Awards could be headed for Queensland after all.
Earlier this year Bligh Government representatives had informally offered to pay significant relocation costs to lure the country’s biggest awards night across its borderline. Other incentives were also believed to have been discussed at the time.
The Logies have been held in Melbourne’s Crown Casino for the past 11 years, but the last event hosted by Gretel Killeen was roundly criticised. A move to a new location could be the shot in the arm many say it needs, especially if PBL Media’s costs are offset by the Queensland Government.
Queensland in recent years has lost Big Brother, while The Strip ended after one season. Nine is also believed to be shooting Underbelly 4 in the Sunshine State, so the move would also have some synergy.
The Pacific Film and Television Corporation has also undergone a name change to Screen Queensland after the resignation of its CEO, a damning independent audit and industry discontent with the PFTC. Premier Anna Bligh announced the new name last week.
And while we’re on the subject, who’s going to start the Shaun Micallef for Logies Host Facebook campaign, please?