The TV Week Logies, the night of nights for people to say “night of nights”, is officially moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast from 2018.
TV Week editor Emma Nolan this morning confirmed the news, revealing the Australian television industry awards night will be held at the Gold Coast’s Star Casino as of next year, as part of a four-year-deal with the Queensland government.
In a triumphant announcement, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk asked “why would you not hold it here, as opposed to Victoria?”
Palaszczuk also took a dig at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, musing that he’s probably not too happy about the switch. She even went as far as suggesting “why don’t we rename it the Goldies?”
Rumblings about the awards show moving for its 60th iteration have made news for the past week. In particular, Today show host Karl Stefanovic railed against the proposed change, promising to boycott the event should it leave Melbourne.
Of course, the real reason it’s heading northeast is due to funding: while Victoria’s Major Events Minister John Eren posited that the Logies never actually brought money into the state, Palaszczuk said she expects the event to draw $40 million in revenue to her state.