SYDNEY — Nine Network’s “Today” breakfast host Karl Stefanovic took the top honor at Australia’s annual Logie TV awards at the Crown Casino in Melbourne on Sunday night.
Stefanovic was a surprise winner of the Gold Logie for most popular personality. Famous for showing up on “Today” following last year’s Logies seemingly still drunk from the night before, Stefanovic slurred and giggled his way through the show to the amusement of colleagues and auds.
It is the first time Nine has won the top kudo since 1996.
Kudos are split into the industry-backed “outstanding” awards and the audience-voted “most popular” awards.
The outstanding award for drama was won by Nine’s “Underbelly: The Golden Mile” with the outstanding actor kudos going to Richard Roxburgh for “Rake” on the ABC while Claire van der Boom took outstanding actress for ABC’s “Sisters of War.”
Most popular silver logies were won by actress Asher Keddie (“Offspring”) and actor Hugh Sheridan (“Packed to the Rafters”) and Stefanovic again for most popular presenter.
Seven’s seemingly unstoppable drama “Packed to the Rafters” was once again voted most popular drama series, while Ten’s “MasterChef” was voted most popular reality program.
Overall, the Seven Network nabbed the most kudos at nine; top-rating web took home seven kudos, one ahead of Nine. Pubcaster the ABC and Network Ten took home five awards each.
Veteran Nine Canberra reporter Laurie Oakes was inducted into television’s Hall of Fame.