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RAY, EVERYBODY'S FRONTMAN, TAKES THE GOLD AND A BOW

Author: By ROBIN OLIVER
Date: 17/04/1994
Words: 907
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 2
Ray Martin, departed luminary at Channel Nine's Midday program, interviewer to the stars in Ray Martin Presents ..., new host of A Current Affair and this year's presenter of the TV Week Logie Awards - a Nine Network program - last night picked up the Gold Logie.

It was Martin's second successive Gold Logie and his third overall. He first won in 1987.

Australia's supposedly leading night of stars was this year switched to a Sunday night for the first time in its 36-year history. An early start - 7 pm for the audience seated in Melbourne's World Trade Centre - allowed Nine to break with another tradition and introduce delayed public transmission, allowing editing of what has always been a live, though usually tediously extended TV event.

With so much change in the air, the voters of TV Week, sometimes unkindly said to be so young they use crayons to vote for their TV heroes and heroines, passed up the chance to strike out in new directions.

A favoured runner for the Gold Logie had been Dieter Brummer, an immensely popular young actor in the Seven Network soap, Home and Away. Brummer was also nominated for a Silver Logie for Best Actor, but missed out when last year's winner, Gary Sweet, won again for his work for the ABC's Police Rescue.

Sweet's co-star, Sonia Todd, won Silver for Best Actress for her role as Sergeant Georgia Rattray. It was her first Logie win.

Ray Martin was already clutching an ordinary old bronze when he struck gold, having earlier won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality for his work on the Midday show.

The magazine's readers stayed remarkably faithful to previous winners. The actress Ruth Cracknell (Mrs Beare from Mother and Son), Home and Away, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Burke's Backyard and Agro's Cartoon Connection continued to beat well-worn trails to the winners' podium, while Melissa George, from Home and Away, won the vote for Most Popular New Talent.

The Most Popular Public Affairs program award went to Real Life, while the AFL Grand Final was Most Popular Sports Program. The ABC took out Most Popular Comedy Program with The Late Show, while a new category, for Most Popular Drama, went to Police Rescue.

Voters in the peer group categories - less glamour-coated but still the most important awards from an industry point of view - played a more predictable hand.

Industry Silver Logies went to Mrs Beare and son Arthur - Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald - as Most Outstanding Actress and Actor, for their Mother and Son partnership, while Most Outstanding Documentary went to the ABC series, Labor in Power. The choice of Phoenix II was no surprise as Most Outstanding Drama, nor that of The Late Show as Most Outstanding Comedy, though the choice of a well-heralded diary event, the Nine Network's Sydney 2000 Announcement, as the Most Outstanding Achievement in News, appeared to lack any great sense of enterprise in news gathering.

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Achievement went to Ship of Shame, a segment in Nine's Sunday program. The industry Gold Logie, the Hall of Fame award, went to the veteran Melbourne actor, Charles "Bud" Tingwell.

TV LOGIE AWARDS

MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY: Ray Martin

Other nominees:

Gary Sweet

Dieter Brummer

Daryl Somers

MOST POPULAR ACTOR: Gary Sweet

Other nominees:

Dieter Brummer

Shane Porteous

MOST POPULAR ACTRESS: Sonia Todd

Other nominees:

Melissa George

Rebecca Gibney

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PERFORMER: Ruth Cracknell

Other nominees:

Garry McDonald

Daryl Somers

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM: The Late Show

Other nominees:

Hey Hey It's Saturday

Mother and Son

MOST POPULAR SERIES: Home and Away

Other nominees:

A Country Practice

G.P.

MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT: Melissa George

Other nominees:

Kimberley Davies

JoBeth Taylor

MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Hey Hey It's Saturday

Other nominees:

The Late Show

Ray Martin at Midday

MOST POPULAR DRAMA: Police Rescue

Other nominees:

Law of the Land

Snowy

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR: Garry McDonald

Other nominees:

Gary Sweet

Simon Westaway

Michael Craig

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS: Ruth Cracknell

Other nominees:

Rebecca Gibney

Jackie McKenzie

Denise Roberts (G.P.)

MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY: The Late Show

Other nominees:

Full Frontal

Mother and Son

MOST OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY: Labor In Power

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS ACHIEVEMENT: Sydney 2000 Announcement

MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA: Phoenix II

 
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