Shane Bourne.
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OPINION: Logies need a bit of polish

CHANGES are afoot for The Logies, and it's about time. The annual awards show, in its 58th year next year, celebrates the best in Australia television but is considered by many, for a while now, to be a bit of a daggy event.

Yes there's glitz and glamour but many viewers yearn for the good old days of Logies "king" Bert Newton.

There hasn't been a Logies host for four years now and I think that's one of the problems.

All of the major awards shows in the US have a host and for good reason. You need someone to steer the ship and keep viewers interested across what can stretch out to a three or four-hour broadcast.

While the format of next year's awards is yet to be determined, several significant changes were announced this week.

The publicly voted awards will now be called Best, rather than Most Popular, which has a classier ring to it.

There will also be a few new categories: Best News Panel or Current Affair Program and Most Outstanding Actor and Actress.

The biggest change, however, shows the awards organisers are trying to keep up with the times.

Original programming from streaming on demand services like Netflix, Presto and Stan will be eligible for the first time.

It's a growing segment of the media landscape that can't be ignored, really. Online TV shows have become an awards mainstay overseas ever since House of Cards won three Primetime Emmys in 2013.

It's about time we followed suit considering Netflix Australia has more than one million subscribers.

I hope the length of the awards telecast is also under review. Who wants to stay up to nearly midnight to find out who won the Gold Logie?

The show would benefit from a shortened broadcast, with some of the awards handed out earlier in the day or at a separate ceremony like the Oscars and Emmys do with their technical awards.

The Logies can be great again, with a bit of a makeover.



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