After a week of uncertainty, the Queensland Government has confirmed its bid for the annual TV Week Logie Awards ceremony has been a success.
Starting from July 2018, the next four Logie ceremonies will be held at The Star casino (formerly known as Conrad Jupiters) on the Gold Coast. The casino and hotel has recently undergone a major renovation.
The move comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews last week declined to continue his government’s sponsorship of the annual event in Melbourne. The ceremony has been held at Crown Melbourne, owned by James Packer, for the last 20 years.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this morning appeared on Channel Nine’s Today to boast about the tourism value of hosting the event in her state.
It had been rumoured that the Queensland Government had been in negotiations with Channel Nine and Bauer Media (the company that owns TV Week magazine) for the last two years. But details about the deal, including the financial outlay from the Queensland Government, have not been confirmed.
“It is going to be fantastic. In fact, why don’t we rename it the Goldies,” Palaszczuk said to Today host Karl Stefanovic.
Earlier this week Gold Logie winner Stefanovic had hit out at plans to move the event away from Melbourne, threatening a boycott of the ceremony if it were moved from his good friend James Packer’s casino.
Palaszczuk attempted to convince Stefanovic to attend cancel his boycott, saying, “Come on Karl, you are a Queenslander deep down. I need you to come.” Stefanovic responded: “I am not one of these people, Premier, who floats with the breeze on this.”
The move comes after multiple leading TV personalities slammed the Victorian Government for its withdrawal of support for the event.
Earlier in the week, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate enthused about the possibility of the ceremony moving to his city.
“I could turn around and say that it’s fitting because it’s a tacky industry coming to a tacky city,” he said. “It goes hand-in-hand.”