The 2020 Logie Awards have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has left the country on lockdown.
Bauer Media, which publishes the Logie's main sponsor TV Week magazine, has announced the television awards night would be cancelled after weeks of consultation with organisers around COVID-19 restrictions.
The event will return to the Gold Coast's The Star casino in 2021, taking into consideration the past 12 months of television as well all programs that will air for the remainder of 2020.
"All parties agree the most positive outcome is to not hold the TV Week Logies, including public voting, in 2020, but to stage an even bigger event on the Gold Coast in 2021," Bauer Media's Fiona Connolly said in a statement on Tuesday.
"We will return in 2021 with an epic event that will take into consideration the 12 months of television just past, as well as all programs that will air for the remainder of this year."
TV Week announced in February they would be changing up the process with networks invited to submit candidates for each of the Most Popular Awards, but this time, “a combination of TV ratings, Nielsen Social Content Ratings and the opinions of TV Week’s panel of experts” will be used to decide on the final nominees before public voting.
The change comes after Tom Gleeson won the Gold Logie in 2019 and faced backlash from other nominees and TV personalities.
According to Mumbrella, at the time TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate said this new system would improve the experience for fans.
“I’m excited about the change to the Most Popular voting system this year. Every year we look at ways to enhance the fans’ experience and have them engage even more with the TV Week Logie Awards.
"The recent success of live voting has proven that the fans’ appetite for the TV Week Logie Awards is stronger than ever. A simplified single voting period – and making that a longer five-week period – will really get the fans and the nominees fired up."
There is no date set for the 2021 Logies at this stage.
With reporting by AAP
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