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Date: 13/02/2005
Words: 997
Source: SHD
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: News
Page: 41
Eddie seeks joint effort at Logies

AS the Logies voting period reaches its final week, speculation continues to mount about which television personality will host the event for Channel Nine.

It may be the case that a number of personalities from each network host television's night of nights, to take place at Melbourne's Crown Casino on May 1.

Apparently Eddie McGuire, who has done a solid job as Logies host for the past few years, came up with the idea of using several presenters after working on the commercial networks' combined tsunami appeal, in which he appeared alongside the likes of Rove McManus, Andrew O'Keefe and Andrew Denton.

It's understood producers would love to secure Denton's involvement in the Logies production, as well as Kath and Kim's. However, the foxy ladies from Fountain Lakes are believed to be taking a rest from television duties this year.

An ABC spokeswoman said the network was yet to reach an agreement with Kath and Kim's alter egos Jane Turner and Gina Riley about the future of the comedy, one of the broadcaster's highest-rating shows.

A Nine spokesman said no decision had been made about who would host the Logies, nor had there been confirmation of international guests, although it's understood Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher and The O.C.'s Alan Dale have been approached.

Logies nominees will be announced on April 4.

From one hot seat to another

AFTER his sacking from the prime breakfast gig on London's Heart FM last week, former Sydney radio presenter Jonathan Coleman has signed on to host a weekend talk show on the city's main commercial talk station, LBC.

Coleman, who also hostsWS-FM's popular retro music show My Generation on Sunday evenings, lost his London breakfast spot after six years.

He was replaced as Heart's breakfast host after the station lost its second placing in the latest London ratings survey.

Sutcliffe to bat on at Nine

VEHEMENT denials have come from Nine that cricketer turned reporter Brendon Julian is poised to take over from the long-serving Ken Sutcliffe as the sports presenter on the 6pm weeknight bulletin.

The rumour started to circulate at the same time Jim Waley was deposed in favour of Mark Ferguson and resurfaced last week with talk that Julian would take over weeknights and Sutcliffe would present sport on the weekend bulletins.

However, Nine's head of news Max Uechtritz has assured staff that Sutcliffe is there to stay.

Royal coup for Denton

ENOUGH Rope host Andrew Denton and executive producer Anita Jacoby are spending this weekend in chilly Denmark talking to Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik for an exclusive television interview.

Apparently the deal clincher was Denton's interviews with Antonio Banderas and Bill Clinton sent to the royal couple.

The interview will air when Enough Rope returns on February 28, to tie in with the couple's arrival in Australia.

Fast Forward to new comedy

FORMER Fast Forward stars Peter Moon, Michael Veitch and Marg Downey are reuniting to make a sketch comedy pilot for Channel Seven.

The trio will star in Let Loose Live, alongside Melbourne radio host Dave O'Neil, Jane Hall and Andrew Curry.

Loosely based on Saturday Night Live, the Ruby Entertainment-produced pilot will be be directed by Ted Emery.

Jesse leaves Home, again

HOME And Away star Ben Unwin is moving out of Summer Bay to try his luck on the other side of the Pacific.

The actor, who plays Jesse on Seven's soap, plans to relocate to the US in the middle of the year.

This is the second time Unwin has quit, first leaving in 2000 and then reprising his role two years later. He will be seen on air until the end of the year.

Sowing the seeds at ABC

THE ABC's Gardening Australia premiered in its new Saturday night slot last night and George Negus is due to start on SBS TV's Dateline on March 2.

Negus and Gardening Australia were famously displaced by the ABC last year to make way for new regional programs, to go into the 6.30pm weeknight slot.

However, the ratings year is under way and there is still no sign of the shows, to be produced in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

"They are being made at the moment," ABC said.


? Dancing With The Stars

Viewers chose feathers and sequins over bricks and mortar with 1.89 million people tuning into the new series of Seven's Dancing With The Stars, well ahead of Nine's special Renovate Or Detonate (1.04 million). Ten, meanwhile, fought back with a first-run episode of The Simpsons (1.16 million) as well as a repeat episode (1.02 million) and The O.C., which won a small but dedicated audience of 780,000.


? Aussie Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

The response to the Australian version of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy proved, well, limp with 900,000 people tuning into the first episode of the Ten show, trailing McLeod's Daughters (1.41 million) on Nine and Seven's comedy duo, Will & Grace (1.03 million) and My Wife And Kids (1.02 million). Still, Ten would be happy with the fact that Queer Eye took the lion's share of its target audience of 16- to 39-year-olds.


? Triple J is going into print, with staff working on the inaugural edition of Jmag, a quarterly publication to hit the newsstands in April.

? ABC reporter Monica Attard returns to 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio nationally today to host Sunday Profile.

? Australian Idol co-host James Mathison has joined his on-air partner Andrew G in signing to Ian "Dicko" Dickson's production/management company Watercooler Productions.

? Soon-to-depart All Saints star Georgie Parker has signed as host of Seven's reality series Medical Emergency, set in Melbourne's Alfred hospital.

? Chef and TV reporter Nick Stratford has signed on to Ten's new food show, Ready, Steady Cook, to start on February 22.

? Kris McQuade, Tim Draxl, Hollie Andrew, Kat Stewart, Peter Kowitz and Damion Hunter will join British actor Rob Bryant in the cast of the new UK-TV series Supernova, to screen late this year.

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