The 55th TV Week Logie Awards will be broadcast on the Nine Network on Sunday 7 April 2013, giving us a perfect excuse to look back over the past decades to see how things have changed.
The idea for the Logies began in 1958 when the editor of TV Week magazine, Rod Lever, and the managing director of Southdown Press, Warren Bednall, decided that television achievements should be recognised by a system of awards.
It was strictly a Victorian affair with nominations printed in TV Week in early December 1958. There were only 10 awards up for grabs, with Lever writing in the 18 December 1958 issue that the voting response had been ‘magnificent’.
He said the nominations reflected the desire of viewers to ‘encourage and reward the enthusiastic people who entertain them’, which remains one of the aims of the Logies today.