Tonight is the Logies.
It's the night of nights for Australian TV. Except this year, thanks to the benevolence of the Queensland government who offered to help sponsor the shindig, it’s moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. So expect Schoolies just with less goon and a touch more glamour.
A number of journalists have also won one the Gold, which suggests the category is sometimes like the Walkleys but for popular people (as it’s voted on by the public not their peers).
Previous newshounds who have taken out the gong are Ray Martin, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Jana Wendt.
Oh and Karl Stefanovic.
Tonight, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw is nominated. Here’s why she should win.
1. She once roasted Gordon Ramsay like a chestnut.
2. She taught Karl Stefanovic everything he knows.
Trace co-hosted Today from 1996 for nine years and she was responsible for initiating Karlos when he started out in breakfast television in the mid-aughts.
Her parting advice: "You’re way too needy for this job."
3. Even how to party at the Logies.
After the 1998 Logies in Melbourne she got so drunk from doing shots with her then-boss James Packer she found herself naked in the hallway of her hotel.
“Suddenly it was quarter to four in the morning and I had done a few tequila shots and I was doing the Today Show that morning,” she once told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O.
“I thought I am going to have a shower and get ready because the girls [hair and make-up artists] are going to be here in 15 minutes to get me all 'shooshed' for the Today Show. So I took the dress off I was wearing and all the finery and pulled out all the bits and bobs from my hair and went to have a shower and found myself in the hallway. At Crown.”
4. She anchored rolling coverage of the Thredbo landslide.
After filming Today and then an extended edition of the breakfast show, she presented non-stop coverage of the 1997 disaster. She came off air (probably for OH&S reasons) just before Stuart Diver was pulled alive from the rubble.