Victoria at risk of losing Logies
First the AFIs were snatched by New South Wales. Will Queensland manage to secure the Logies from Victoria?
More speculation that the Logies may be on the move today with the Brumby Government’s major events unit, The Victorian Major Events Company, reportedly being asked to belatedly consider backing TV’s night of nights.
VMEC already supports sports and arts events including the Australian Grand Prix, AFL finals series, Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Masters (golf), Melbourne Fashion Week, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Nine and TV Week have been considering what is believed to be a tempting incentive from Queensland Events, the Queensland Government’s major events arm, to relocate its big night this May. The idea was first floated in late 2008 and TV Tonight got wind of the revisited idea last December.
Last week Melbourne also lost the right to host AFI Awards from 2011, after Sydney secured them.
Crown has also reportedly put an offer on the table to retain the big night it has hosted for the last decade.
But Nine / PBL, which no longer has James Packer on is board, could easily take up the northern offer, especially if it meant saving a few dollars along the way. Underbelly 4 is also said to be set in Queensland. Such a move could easily be spun as ‘sprucing up’ the awards many say has looked tired.
If VMEC got involved with the Logies, which benefits hotels, taxis, hair salons, stylists, communications and catering companies, Victorian taxpayers would be footing part of the bill.
Meanwhile latest rumours on a host are mentioning the name Shane Bourne, despite him being a Seven personality. Nine’s own shortlist would surely have included Daryl Somers and Eddie McGuire?
In all likelihood, everybody just wants Shaun Micallef to do it.
Source: Herald Sun