By Heidi Sheehan,
Edited for online by Tom Sharman
It is supposed to be Australian TV’s ‘Night of Nights’ as stars of the small screen suited-up, donning their finest gowns for the 57th annual TV Week Logie Awards. But the real question is, are people still tuning in?
The telecast by Channel 9, clocked just under one million viewers, which was smashed by 7’s My Kitchen Rules in the ratings.
But if you ask people in the industry, the response is different, media commentator Steve Molks says the future of the Logies is not at risk.
“I think that the Logies such as they are necessary for the Australian TV industry, we need to have this opportunities to celebrate our win, because if we don’t we all of the sudden become all down on ourselves about everything that’s bad about the industry, why not celebrate a night that we do something a bit good and fun.
The feud between hosts Nine and Channel Seven continued with an obvious lack of presence from big names at Seven, which Steven Molks says was a childish move.
“This was absolutely Seven acting like a petulant child, choosing to boycott the Logies because there’s far more important things for them to be attending, which is an absolute load of rubbish,” Mr Molks said.
QUT Lecturer and Logie’s judge journalist Susan Hetherington attended the event and says the fact that there is a television audience really isn’t considered.
“I think the vibe in the room is that the television audience is almost secondary and that it’s almost like it is just the industry’s Christmas party,” Mrs Hetherington said.
This year was also a first for the show, rather than pre-recording, the Logies were live, showcasing the awkward moments and blunders.
The stars voted they preferred a live broadcast and Steve Molks says he agrees.
“I think it really brought a whole new energy to the room that we haven’t seen before, I think there is a safety net when people know that this is delayed and if we screw it up that it can get cut out, then people just aren’t as on,” Mr Molks said.