Sorry Wil Anderson….
This year’s Logie Awards is banning Twitter from the room.
Invitations to the ceremony at Crown carry, in very small print, the words: ”Please note, mobiles will not be permitted. Your co-operation is appreciated.”
Phones were also used last year to leak the winners ahead of their broadcast on Nine. Traditionally the show is some 30-40 minutes ahead of the broadcast vision. That led to Dannii Minogue congratulating winners from London via Twitter before it had even been seen by viewers in Australia. Ooops.
”It is because of the tweeting,” a source told The Age. ”I think we saw the tweeting in the past as being a bit mean-spirited and felt it detracted from the evening.”
But unlike movie previews there will be no cloaking of phones in the foyer.
‘We’re simply asking the industry to support the show, enjoy the night and respect the Logies and everyone else in the room,” said the source.
Logies shouldn’t be immune to cheeky mocking from celebs who potentially bring the brand to an audience who may not otherwise give it any attention, but the leaking of winners before the broadcast is admittedly a bit of a problem.