This could be the biggest change to the Logie Awards in years….
There is speculation today about change coming to the Gold Logie voting (Tom Gleeson, we blame you!).
Showbiz reporter Peter Ford today told 3AW listeners, “There’s a lot of industry buzz about a pretty major change to the Gold Logie voting this year. I think this is to try and compensate for the role that social media has started to play in the outcome.”
He continued, “The talk is that that as of this year the networks will each put forward two people of their choosing, who will be their representatives and chances to win the Gold Logie, including Foxtel and SBS.
“Everyone puts two people forward, based on that the public then vote. So can you imagine the internal politicking that is going to go on within the networks between the on air talent to be the chosen one, the one with a golden ticket?”
Traditionally the Gold Logie has been a shortlist of Most Popular Actor / Actress / Presenter from the longer candidate list, which has been put forward by networks for consideration. Last year that was about 90 per category.
But in recent years there has been much criticism around campaigning and social media, not just with Tom Gleeson’s win, but stretching back to those for Hamish Blake, Karl Stefanovic, Scott Cam and Carrie Bickmore.
TV Week is understood to be making 2020 announcements soon.