Tom Gleeson wins TV Week Gold Logie as ABC scoops 11 awards

Tom Gleeson’s campaign to win the TV Week Gold Logie has paid off, with the host of Hard Quiz being crowned the most popular personality on Australian television.

In his acceptance speech, Gleeson said “I really think we should all lighten the fuck up, I really do”.

Gleeson’s advice to the room was based on concern from other contenders and television personalities who felt his comedic campaign to win the award was taking away from its prestige and its potential to land in more “deserving” hands.

“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke, but what you’re forgetting is I’m a comedian. I love jokes,” he said.

“It’s done a lot of great things for a lot of great people…. for me it represents a joke, but I love jokes, I really enjoy them, I really think we should all lighten the fuck up. I really do. I mean the aim of my campaign was jus to have fun with the whole thing… We can have fun and just be entertaining…. You know what would have been weirder? If I campaigned for this seriously?”

Gleeson also conceded he is by no means the most popular personality on Australian television, but reminded the crowd he does host its highest-rating quiz show, Hard Quiz, which, makes him somewhat deserving, he argued.

“Turns out I’m just really good at manipulating the media to get people to do things for me…. So maybe I do deserve this award,” he added.

“I am going to take this as a win for the ABC.”

Gleeson: Maybe I do deserve it

And there were indeed many wins for the ABC, with the national broadcaster scooping the most awards of any network or platform.

The ABC won 11 awards, well up from last year’s four. 

Kerry O’Brien was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while the Most Popular Actress and Most Popular Actor gongs went to Deborah Mailman and Luke McGregor respectively. Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent for his work on the Invictus Games coverage and the set.

It was also a relatively successful night for Ten, which secured six awards, down from last year’s eight.

Despite rating well below other reality juggernauts such as Nine’s Married At First Sight, Ten’s Masterchef Australia won Most Popular Reality Program, while Australian Survivor Champions versus Contenders took out the Most Outstanding Reality Program category.

It was not Seven’s night, with the broadcaster securing zero awards across the board. Host broadcaster Nine won just one, with Deborah Mailman’s nod coming as she starred in the ABC’s Mystery Road and Nine’s Bite Club.

SBS got the nod for its 2018 FIFA Word Cup coverage, while subscription television service Foxtel had five wins.

Subscription video on demand service Stan, which won its first Logies at last year’s ceremony, clocked up two wins for drama series Bloom.

Last year’s Logies had 851,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings – its lowest since the current OzTAM ratings system began at the beginning of 2001.

The ratings figures for the 2019 Logies will be available on Monday morning.

The winners of the 61st Annual TV Week Logie Awards 

Most Popular Drama Program: Mystery Road
Most Popular Actress: Deborah Mailman, Mystery Road (and Bite Club, Nine)
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent: Dylan Alcott, Invictus Games and The Set
Most Popular Actor: Luke McGregor, Rosehaven
Most Popular Presenter: Costa Georgiadis, Gardening Australia
Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Bluey (ABC Kids)
Hall of Fame: Kerry O’Brien
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Gardening Australia
Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report: Out of the Dark, Four Corners
Most Outstanding Actress: Jenna Coleman, The Cry
Gold Logie: Tom Gleeson, Hard Quiz


Most Popular Actress: Deborah Mailman, Bite Club (and Mystery Road, ABC)

Most Popular Reality Program: Masterchef Australia
Most Popular Entertainment Program: Gogglebox Australia (and Lifestyle, Foxtel)
Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program: The Project
Most Popular Comedy Program: Have You Been Paying Attention?
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program: Have You Been Paying Attention?
Most Outstanding Reality Program: Australian Survivor Champions versus Contenders

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: 2018 FIFA World Cup

Most Popular Entertainment Program: Gogglebox Australia, Lifestyle (and Ten)
Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Frankie J Holden, A Place To Call Home, Soho
Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program: Ron Iddles: The Good Cop, Crime and Investigation
Most Outstanding Actor: Scott Ryan, Mr Inbetween, FX
Most Outstanding Drama: Wentworth, Showcase

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Bloom
Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: Bloom


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