New host, city and network: What you need to know about the 2023 Logies

It'll be tough to pick a winner from this year's crop of Logie nominees.

It'll be tough to pick a winner from this year's crop of Logie nominees. Photo: TND/Getty/AAP

The Logies, Australia’s biggest celebration of television talent, are fast approaching – and the ceremony is set for a few changes.

On July 30, the 63rd TV Week Logie Awards will take place at The Star – the first time they will be held in Sydney in more than three decades.

The awards ceremony previously called the Gold Coast home, following a 2018 move from Melbourne.

The Logies have also left Channel Nine, and will be broadcast on Channel Seven and 7plus – the last time they were on Seven was in 1995.

But most noticeable is that, for the first time in 11 years, there will only be the one host, and this year it is comedian, radio and TV presenter Sam Pang.

Pang is a panellist on quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention? and co-host of AFL-based talk show The Front Bar.

He also proved popular during the 2022 Logies, where he drew laughs while accepting the Most Popular Actress award on behalf of the absent Kitty Flanagan – although Pang later said he wasn’t entirely happy about accepting someone else’s award for them, and admitted to downing a couple of drinks before heading on stage.

“It’s a huge honour to be asked to host the Logies and while it will be weird not having a buzzer or beer in front of me, hopefully I’m up to the challenge,” said Pang, after news broke of this year’s hosting gig.

“I feel very lucky to be a part of this industry and can’t wait for July 30 in Sydney to celebrate Australian television on its night of nights and guide viewers at home through the entire four-hour broadcast.”

Logie nominees

Hamish Blake, last year’s winner of the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television and the Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter, is again in the running for both awards thanks to his work on Lego Masters Australia.

He will be facing off with fellow 2022 nominees Julia Morris (I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!) and Sonia Kruger (The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and Big Brother) for both awards, along with a host of other big names.

Notably, this year’s awards marks the first Gold Logie nomination for veteran journalist Leigh Sales, who is finally being recognised for her role as host of ABC’s 7.30 – a role she left in 2022 after 12 years.

The ‘Most Popular Awards’ – including the Gold Logie – are open to the Australian public for voting, but the ‘Most Outstanding Awards’ are chosen by a panel of industry experts.

Lead talent from Stan, Foxtel, Binge and ABC programs filled up the Silver Logie Most Outstanding Actor/Actress nominations, including breakout House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock for Upright season two, along with co-star Tim Minchin for the same show.

Several stars from the same programs will be battling it out in the same categories, including Kate Mulvany and Marta Dusseldorp (The Twelve) for the Most Outstanding Actress Silver Logie, along with Ayesha Madon and Chloe Hayden (Heartbreak High) for Most Popular New Talent.

Voting for the Most Popular Awards is now open on the TV Week Logies website, and will close at 7.30pm on Sunday, July 30.

However, voting for the Gold Logie nominee will remain open until 10.30pm on the same night.

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