You know Most Popular categories are voted on by the public, but what's the deal with the Most Outstanding awards at the Logies? Here are five things you need to know about these awards.
- While Most Popular categories are decided by the TV-loving public, Most Outstanding categories are determined by industry peers. Who are they? "We find independent industry experts," says TV WEEK Logie Awards project manager, Andreana Walton. "They can't work for any of the networks. They can't have any say on any of the candidates they might be judging." Different panels of experts vote in there are of expertise. For Most Outstanding Actor, for example, there is an acting panel. "The level of people we have voting is amazing," says Andreana. "They are all top-notch in their fields."
- Those voting for the Most Outstanding categories receive packs, consisting of discs and paperwork that answers why they fit the criteria set by TV WEEK which voters must review before making their picks.
- Voting for the Most Popular categories opens a couple of weeks before the end of ratings, allowing networks, says Andreana, the opportunity to replay shows so they are "fresh" in the minds of voters. However, experts voting on Most Outstanding awards have a month to make their decisions - voting closed on February 15.
- Once votes are lodged they are scrutinised by market research company, Roy Morgan before being handed over to auditing company, Ernst & Young, which runs its ruler over the entire process in exactly the same way it does for the pubic voted awards.
- A short while later, all is revealed! "Once we know [the votes] tick all the boxes in terms of the official audit we reveal the nominees exclusively in TV WEEK in the issue on sale March 11," says Andreana. Bring it on!