TV Week has announced several changes to the Logie Awards for 2016.
In the public-voted categories it will introduce a Best News Panel Or A Current Affairs Program.
It will also reinstate Best Factual, dropped in 2014, following some concerns shows were merged into the Reality category.
Promisingly it will also introduce a Most Outstanding Supporting Actor and Most Outstanding Supporting Actress in the industry-voted awards.
2016 will include original Australian program submissions from subscription streaming services*.
Voting is also opening much earlier this year, on Monday, 16 November and closing on 17 January 20
“We are excited to announce some new awards to the 58th TV Week Logie Awards, as we continue to evolve the awards, to give fans the chance to vote on the best shows and biggest stars on TV,” TV Week Publisher Jayne Ferguson says.
“The introduction of new industry voted awards for acting highlights our commitment to supporting outstanding Australian talent. We are looking forward to another fabulous celebration of everything that makes Australian television special and unique.”16.
TV Week has also appointed is Sally Burleigh of SBPR to manage their Public Relations and Kerry O’Brien Publicity to manage the red carpet and onsite media operations.
The 2016 Logies will be held Sunday 8 May at Crown and air on Nine.
*Programs must meet the criteria of the rules and guidelines.