Who will be inducted into Logies Hall of Fame?

2014-03-09_0124It won’t be too long before we hear who will be inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

Every year I live in hope the Logies will add another female to the roll call. Every year I seem to be disappointed on that front.

Of the 30 honourees, we have 26 men, 3 shows and 1 female: Ruth Cracknell.

I suspect the honour won’t go to the wonderful Wendy Hughes if only because the decision has probably already been made by now. Note that last year it did not go to Peter Harvey, who passed away in early March, but to Brian Henderson.

I’ve decided to write on the topic now, so I am not seen as raining on the parade of whoever is inducted this year.

To win the honour, a name must be forwarded by a network.

The three shows inducted are Play School, Neighbours and Four Corners. No sign of Countdown, Prisoner or 60 Minutes. But a show has not been inducted since 2006, so it appears to be out of fashion.

Logies has also not inducted someone from behind the scenes since 2004 (Sam Chisholm) so I don’t fancy the chances of a writer (where is Reg Watson please?), director, producer or an exec. Foxtel also has no specific representation after nearly 20 years (Bill Collins is there but he has shared history).

I do think it’s pretty shameful that Daryl Somers isn’t there. Say what you like about his presenting style (I may even agree with some of your points), but for his contribution and body of work, Dazza really deserves to be there.

But it’s the gender imbalance I really can’t agree with. Are we seriously suggesting women have made such a minute contribution to television? Even sticking only with Logies preference for personalities, where are Jana Wendt, Judi Farr, Sigrid Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Maggie Tabberer, Noeline Brown, Caroline Jones, Maggie Dence and, yes, Wendy Hughes? I also wouldn’t argue with Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Denise Drysdale -both TV survivors.

Drysdale once told me she would give the honour to veteran Hazel Phillips.

But the one I would induct is Noni Hazlehurst.

Her acting credits extend all the way back to The Box in 1974, and include Matlock Police, Homicide, Division 4, The Sullivans, Waterfront, The Shiralee, Nancy Wake, Waiting at the Royal, Stepfather of the Bride, City Homicide, A Place to Call Home, The Broken Shore and Redfern Now.

Many of us grew up with her as a presenter on Play School with which she was associated with for 23 years. She also kicked off Better Homes and Gardens in 1995, continuing for 10 years.

But it is her advocacy work for children’s television behind the scenes that seals her as a choice for me. In 1995, she received an Order of Australia for services to children and children’s television.

Some years ago she told me, “…because I had such good teachers at Play School, they made me realise how important it was to have age-appropriate entertainment for children, and what a wasteland the media is generally for children who are of pre-school age.

“They are the most critical years of a child’s life on every level. Emotionally, physically, spiritually. It gave me an incredible focus on abuse in all its forms.”

Her advocacy extends beyond television to serving on a number of boards, including Film Australia, Belvoir Street and FLIC, acting as patron for organisations such as the Australian Theatre of the Deaf, The National Playgroup Association and Jannawi Family Protection Centre and serving as National Ambassador to Barnados Australia.

While Hazlehurst has a hit series in A Place to Call Home, the signs are ripe for TV Week to make the call.

That’s my vote, were I allowed to make one.

Who would you like to see inducted in 2014?

31 Comments:

  1. harrypotter1994

    Why does there have to be just one? Why not one Male, One Female and one from Behind the Scenes?

    Im pretty sure at the ARIA’s they have had multiple hall of famers in the same year before

  2. Shoudy Chen

    I would like to see TV Legend Bert Newton induct into the Logies Hall Of Fame for 2014. He has been a good presenter for over 40 years.

  3. Clearly need to step things up and do more than one a year. It wouldn’t diminish the achievement, but rather give it to some truly deserving – hopefully while they are still with us.

    Otherwise in 10 years there will still be many deserving, and more posthumous ones being handed out.

    Make it a Class of 2015 and do 10, 15 or even 20.

    Then going forward there should be one male, female and one show, every year.

  4. David, I agree entirely with your choice. Noni is as solid as a rock in everything she partakes in, and i believe she would be a very deserving recipient.
    I also agree that if it were to be won by a program, that H&A should be the front runner. With all it has created and done for countless Australian actors/ actresses it definitely deserves the recognition. Enough said.

    Like others have suggested here, Logies really need more then one HOF recipient each year. They could incorporate each presentation separately throughout the very long, and often boring broadcast.

    Just my thoughts.

  5. daveinprogress

    Maybe 2015’s awards could have an overarching theme – celebrating great women in Aussie tv – induct into the Hall of Fame: Prisoner (an iconic show) and one woman from the world of acting, one from journalism, one from light entertainment etc. With 2014’s shows as Jennome outlined below – Offspring, Puberty Blues, Janet King, A Place to call home? (is a 2nd series due?); roles for women will be current. Howzat for righting a few wrongs?

  6. daveinprogress

    Agree that Denise would be both popular and wonderful; they just have too many wrongs to right at the Logies. Somers is due, but i get the ambivalence about him. A ‘hook’ as we say in the industry for a prize would be helpful – like an anniversary of a show or a person’s time in the industry or if they have a close call to death as Molly did. I really wish we would honour our greats more during their lifetime.

  7. @daveinprogress: Little story: I was at Sunrise, the day Celebrity Splash launched last year. Just after they left Martin Place, people posed with photos with Josh Thomas etc on the street, ignoring Denise Drysdale in the process. When it came for my turn, I asked that Denise be also in my photo with the Celebrity Splash contestants, because I respected her contribution to the industry: and is my personal pick for the HOF.

    @Bass_A: Absolutely agree with the idea for more inductees, esp. if it was spun off into a separate event. The WWE HOF’s model (6-7 inductees every year, announced regularly, leading to a ceremony held the night before WrestleMania), is one example to look at.

  8. I reckon Denise Drysdale would be a worthy recipient for having 50+ years on TV across various genres. I don’t think any other female has managed that.

    But I still like my suggestion from last year, they should expand the Hall of Fame to induct a male, a female and a program each year. Although given TV Week is now trimming awards to make it finish before midnight perhaps this is not likely.

  9. Home & Away should be up there as well, however Neighbours is there as it is one of our longest running shows.

    Noni, Denise,Daryl, Kerri-Anne, Singrid, Jacki Weaver are all good choices.

    I also think that Lynne McGranger should be up for Gold or at least a Logie. 20 years this year she has been on home & away and that needs to be acknowledged.

  10. oztvheritage

    Hmmm interesting. Noni…I have not been a huge fan of. My selection would be Jana. She was a legend of her time. Jana changed all the rules of women in news and current affairs. She was the first female to present news or current affairs as a solo presenter. And an absolute force in the ratings because of her excellent presenter interview skills. we just don’t have any body like her anymore

  11. I agree re Daryl, how he isn’t in the HOF is a total disgrace, perhaps also there should be a class inducted each year of 6-8 people as it seems that one a year means a huge number of people will miss out.

    The last worthy inductee was Don Lane in 2003.

  12. daveinprogress

    The problem they have is where to start? The demographic that the Logies telecast goes for, is young. Most people under 50 have never heard of Hazel Phillips, or Maggie T or Denise or Caroline Jones and yet they are (were) pioneers. I don’t disagree with Noni, but it just might feel a bit odd when compared to women who came before her and arguably paved the way are still unrecognised. Logies are still a tv event more than an industry measure, so chances are they will go younger; but happy to stand corrected.

  13. I think home & away should get it. It has done such a huge service in launching successful careers, and still going strong after 26 years.

  14. I think Noni Hazlehurst would be a great inductee into the Hall of Fame. She has been in so many genres on our screens. So many fans too.

    I also think that Kerri-Anne Kennerley be inducted too. She is the ”queen of daytime tv” after all.

    I agree with you David in regards to Daryl Somers. He should be inducted.

  15. I agree with you David, Noni would be a wonderful choice. Hopefully this dearth of women will change over the years, specially when so many woman are dominating TV at the moment.

    The ABC has all these wonderful women in news and current affairs – Leigh Sales, Annabel Crabb, Julia Baird, Virginia Trioli, to name a few. Many TV dramas are centering around women – Offspring, Puberty Blues, Winners & Losers, Janet King etc. And so many female presenters – Better Homes, The Living Room, So You Think you Can Dance, Biggest Loser, Breakfast and Morning TV Shows.

    It’s a pretty long list. Some (gasp) even manage to hang on into their 40s and 50s (specially on the ABC), whereas there’s any amount of unattractive older males still looming in our faces.

    So bring it on girls … and go Noni !

  16. Yes, Noni would be the perfect recipient of this award, and well deserving too. She’s been able to cover so many genres and entertain people for all ages, literally!

    On the Gold Logie, I would like to see after 20 years of playing Susan Kennedy – Jackie Woodburne be given the top award of the night. And next year, Sandra Sully for her services to news.

  17. I’d have to agree with gender imbalance too – I think Kerri-Anne, Sigrid or Denise Drysdale deserve a place.
    What about Bevan Lee?

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