Industry chatter points towards another woman finally being inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame tonight.
Denise Drysdale or Noni Hazlehurst are the front runners to receive the honour.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Caroline Jones, Jana Wendt, Noeline Brown and Lorraine Bayly would also be worthy inductees to join 28 men and 1 woman (Ruth Cracknell).
I will be happy with any of them.
It has been six long years of campaigning for this imbalance to be corrected, when I first asked prominent women what they thought of this oversight.
In 2010 Denise Drysdale told me, “I’d vote for Hazel Phillips. She won a Logie in 1967.”
When I suggested Ding Dong should be there herself, she replied, “I don’t really think I’ve done enough.”
Kerri-Anne Kennerley said, “I think it’s great to celebrate everybody in television, when it’s timely. Hall of Fame is for the people who have put in so many years and are perhaps at their twilight.”
Last year Noni Hazlehurst said of the imbalance, “That’s shameful, but it reflects society at large really, doesn’t it?
“I’m sure there are many deserving people. We’ll just have to find the judges and give them a kick up the bum.”
Last year I decided to step up the campaign, asking the men of television to sing the praises of their female colleagues. Big name stars including Rove McManus, Karl Stefanovic, Eddie McGuire, David Koch, Charlie Pickering, Shaun Micallef, Scott Cam, Adam Hills, Andrew O’Keefe and Tony Jones all backed the call.
After that article Denise Drysdale told me, “I couldn’t get over how many people you asked. I don’t know those people personally, so for them to say such lovely things I was just chuffed.”
The #morelogiewomen hashtag was also launched on radio and took off, with coverage in the press and TV. I knew it was having effect when last year comedian Denise Scott joked during the presentation itself that the men’s loo resembled the Hall of Fame: a small room full of blokes and no place for the likes of her. Now the issue was in the room and on the table.
Tonight we should finally see a pay-off. My thanks to all readers who have supported this over the years.
And take a bow ladies. You deserve it.