TV Week have announced a shake up coming to the nomination process for the Logie Awards this year as well as adding a new award to the ceremony. set to take place in June 2020.
Each of the 12 public-voted ‘Most Popular’ categories, which included the highly coveted Gold Logie award, will see changes to the way that people and shows are nominated.
While the public will still get their say, those that are nominated will now be chosen through submissions by their networks and the finalists will be chosen based on “a combination of TV ratings, Nielsen Social Content Ratings and the opinions of TV Week’s panel of experts”.
This change comes following Tom Gleeson’s rather controversial Gold Logie win last year, which saw him campaign hard for the award by trash talking the other nominees and accept his award with a rather cheeky speech.
Although, TV Week editor Thomas Woogate has told news.com.au that the changes aren’t related to Gleeson’s win.
“We often make changes – last year we brought in ‘Outstanding Reality Program’ for the first time, to reflect what was happening in the industry,” said Thomas Woodgate to news.com.au.
“With these changes, we’re looking at how we determine what is popular on TV today. It’s a combination of things: TV ratings, how people interact with the show on social media, what the experts in the industry think. The combination of those three is really important … but the most important thing we’re keeping is that the public get to decide the outcome.”
The nominees will be announced on May 24 and voting by the public will open on the same day, staying open until the Logies night on June 28.
The new award category announced is ‘Most Popular Australian Actor or Actress in an International Program’ which is set to honour Aussie actors and actresses making it big in the US.
“These changes have been made to improve engagement, but it won’t affect the outcome on the night – that has nothing to do with us, it’s down to the public,” said Woodgate.
The Logies are set to return to the Gold Coast in 2020 and will be broadcast on Channel 9.