Google: Don’t blame us for Logies leak
Leaks Start Here. Herald Sun denies publishing Hamish Blake's name as Gold Logie winner, but Google insists it wasn't them either.
It just wouldn’t be the Logies without a scandal of some sort.
This year that fell to the Herald Sun, but Google has denied any wrong-doing on its part.
Not long after 10pm it became clear that Hamish Blake’s Gold Logie win was in the public domain, well before it was announced in Crown Palladium after 11pm.
Guests confirmed to TV Tonight that talk of Blake’s win had been circulating in the room, but Blake has said today he hadn’t heard the whispers.
“Ultimately all that information was kept from me so it was a genuine surprise,” he said.
Nine reporter Ben Fordham last night tweeted: “I’m hearing some websites have already published the winner of Gold Logie. We’re in the room and don’t know yet. Poor form.”
Whilst Herald Sun journalists may not have been directly responsible, TV Week publishers evicted them from the Media Room over the breach.
News of Blake’s win also began circulating via Twitter, well ahead of his on-air win at 12:12am.
The Herald Sun issued a statement saying the error occurred during live testing of its new iPad app but that Blake’s name hasn’t been published on its website, iPad app or in Twitter.
“However, during the live testing, a link to an embargoed story naming the winner was momentarily created and published by Google,” the Herald Sun said.
“The link was discovered almost as soon as it had been created and immediately killed.”
However Mumbrella has posted screenshots of Herald Sun content with the headline “Hamish springs golden surprise.”
The newspaper even pointed the finger at NineMSN for naming Blake, which it did in reporting the Herald Sun error.
Today Google hit back at any blame directed from the newspaper.
“While we strive to provide the freshest, most relevant search results on the Logies and more, Google can only index material already published on the web,” it said.
“Google gives webmasters full control over the pages that appear in search.”
NineMSN also called the Herald Sun’s comments “ludicrous”. A spokesperson said: “We reported on the fact that News Limited had published it.”
With the awards running overtime, even the official release from Logies organisers announced Blake as winner at 11:59pm, before it had aired on Nine, without any embargo.
The leak highlights the risks of airing the ceremony delayed -further compounded by issuing the results under embargo to select newspapers. Why do both?
With the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys (to name a few) airing Live in Australia, surely it’s time for Logies to step up and air Live.