AND the Logies go to… THE GOLD COAST!
It’s official – Australian television’s night of nights, the TV WEEK Logie Awards, is heading to the coast.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the exciting announcement at Sea World on Friday.
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“The announcement is of course, that the Logies is going to be held here in Queensland, on the Gold Coast, for the next four years,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“I don’t think the Premier of Victoria is very happy at the moment, but it’s coming here to the Gold Coast and it’s going to be fantastic!”
Premier Palaszczuk even joked about renaming the Logie Awards, the ‘Goldies’.
“Why don’t we re-name it the Goldies!” – Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pic.twitter.com/xN0dK1Xr7O
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) September 7, 2017
The Premier said Logies was a perfect fit for the Gold Coast and securing the event from 2018 onwards underlined Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s best tourism and events destination.
“The Logies is Australian television’s premiere event, drawing more than one million viewers each year for the live broadcast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We have been in negotiations to host The Logies for more than two years, because we know the value it brings for the host city and state.
“The Logies will deliver more than $40 million in publicity value alone for Queensland while we’ll also work closely with Bauer Media and Channel Nine to leverage the opportunity through two of Australia’s leading media platforms.”
The Logies will be hosted at The Star’s newly redeveloped integrated Broadbeach resort from next July.
The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg said he was thrilled Queensland had secured the event and looked forward to hosting it.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the quality of The Star Gold Coast, and the exceptional climate of the region,” he said.
“Having just experienced another warm winter, the move to Queensland will provide those involved with the TV WEEK Logies the chance to escape the chill of the south.
“Next year’s TV WEEK Logies will showcase the transformation of the Gold Coast in recent years. As a city, we aren’t afraid to think outside the square and leverage our unique location and lifestyle.”
The announcement comes after Melbourne’s decision to pull the pin on the awards after 30-years.
“We’re proud to have been home to the Logies for more than 30 years, but it’s time to pass on the baton,” Tourism and Events Minister John Eren said in a statement.