And the Logies go to – the Gold Coast.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she’s secured a major win over her Victorian counterpart after it was confirmed TV’s night-of-nights will be held in the Sunshine State for the next four years.
The awards will be held at The Star casino from next July.
The Victorian government announced on Monday it was ending decades of support for the annual awards night, claiming the event didn’t represent value for money.
Ms Palaszczuk believes that sentiment is purely sour grapes after being gazumped by her government.
“I think they’re just a bit upset frankly,” she said after the announcement on Friday.
“Just wait until you see the flow-on impacts, Queensland will be showcased … it’s the Gold Coast, it’s Star (casino), it’s everything that our state has to offer.”
Ms Palaszczuk estimates the deal will bring $40 million to Queensland over the four years, confirming promotion of the state through television and other mediums was a factor of the agreement.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate, who on Monday said the Logies would be a perfect fit by welcoming a “tacky industry” to a “tacky city”, had changed his tune on Friday.
“You know I like doing cut-throughs, and now that we’re awarded this prestigious event, it’s come to a prestigious city,” Cr Tate said.
Channel Nine host Karl Stefanovic was outspoken in his criticism of the decision to move the Logies from Victoria, a stance he repeated when pressed by Ms Palaszczuk on the Today Show.
“I am not one of these people, Premier, who floats with the breeze on this,” Mr Stefanovic said.
“(Victorian premier) Daniel Andrews had an absolute shock losing it, you must feel like you have picked up a coup.”
TV Week editor Emma Nolan believed Mr Stefanovic would come around to the idea, and believed celebrities will embrace the new location for the awards.
“Of course Karl’s going to be on the red carpet,” Ms Nolan told AAP.
“They’ll all love it. I can see coming up here and not just staying for one night but staying for a few days, bringing their families. It’s a great way to showcase the state.”