A Macleod woman, Liz Clarke, is mourning the loss of the TV Week Logie Awards after yesterday’s announcement that the government no longer wants to foot the $1 million bill for hosting the awards in Melbourne. Clarke believes that the awards are a Melbourne institution, and that we should “fight tooth and nail” to keep them here in Victoria.
Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle last night, only hours after hearing the devastating news, Clarke said she had already reached the third stage of grief: anger and bargaining. She said, “it’s just outrageous, I mean why would the government not be willing to pay for such an iconic event that celebrates the achievements of our thriving television industry. Critics say it’s just a popularity contest, but it’s way more than that. It’s voted on by the people, for the people. If we can’t have it in Melbourne, maybe Bendigo or Wodonga can chip in the $1 million, I just don’t want it to leave our state.”
While Clarke couldn’t quite put her finger on exactly why she wanted the Logies to stay in Victoria, she claimed the event put Melbourne on the international stage. She said, “they always get such wonderful guests from overseas. These incredibly successful stars who take time out of their busy schedules to lend an even bigger level of credibility to such a major event in our nation.”