Coronavirus forces Logie Awards cancellation for the first time in 60 years

Coronavirus forces Logie Awards cancellation for the first time in 60 years

The Logie Awards will not be taking place in 2020, instead promising a much bigger event in 2021.

TV WEEK’s publisher Bauer Media made the announcement on Tuesday, revealing the 2020 event will not be going ahead.

This is the first time since 1959 that the Logies will not be held.

"We have spent the last few weeks discussing with our event partners what the TV WEEK Logie Awards could look like in 2020, whilst adhering to Government restrictions and working around the challenges of COVID-19," Bauer Media's Fiona Connolly said, promising an "even bigger event on the Gold Coast in 2021".

"The TV WEEK Logies is loved because it is a live event, with viewers at home enjoying seeing the red-carpet glamour and the entertainment community coming together to celebrate the television industry," Connolly continued.

"While we are postponing the TV WEEK Logie Awards for 2020 and returning in 2021, the 2021 Logies will be an epic event that will take into consideration the 12 months of television just past, as well as all programs that will air for the remainder of this year."

The Logies were expected to take place in June at The Star on the Gold Coast. Last month, it was said that nominations and online voting campaigns would still be held, as well as a “broadcast alternative” to the ceremony. But in the latest statement, that has been ruled out.

"All parties agree the most positive outcome is to not hold the TV WEEK Logies, including public voting, in 2020, but to stage an even bigger event on the Gold Coast in 2021.

"We would like to thank Queensland for being a wonderful Logies host and partner in delivering this event over the past two years and we cannot wait to return to The Star Gold Coast next year."