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Gold Coast signs four year deal to lock in the Logies

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Its official, the Logie Awards are heading to Queensland’s Gold Coast from 2018.

The move is part of a four-year deal with the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland. It marks the first time the iconic Australian event has been held in the Sunshine State.

The 2018 Logie Awards will be held in July at The Star Gold Coast.

The event which is normally held in April, will be pushed back to July due to the Commonwealth Games, meaning it will be an extra-long wait to celebrate content broadcast in 2017.

When asked if TV Week would conduct the nomination process in November as it has in past years, a spokesperson for Bauer Media told DeciderTV, "It is too early to confirm the voting and nomination process"

The move north comes after Tourism Victoria and Crown Casino declided to increase their existing investment in the event.

Jayne Ferguson, General Manager, Women’s Lifestyle & Entertainment at Bauer Media, says TV WEEK is delighted to be partnering with the Queensland Government, Tourism And Events Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group and the Nine Network to bring the TV WEEK Logie Awards to Queensland for the first time.

“The Logies have enjoyed considerable support over the many years they have been held in Melbourne,” she says. “But it’s the right time, as we celebrate our 60th year, for us to share that excitement with another great Australian city. We look forward to the Gold Coast hosting television’s night of nights in 2018 and beyond.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the announcement.

“My Government’s commitment to the TV WEEK Logies is a great investment in Queensland,” the Premier said.

“Queensland has rightfully earned a reputation as the powerhouse of Australia’s film industry, but increasingly we’re taking that role in television as well, for both domestic and international productions.

“We look forward to bringing Australia’s greatest television performers to the Gold Coast, showcasing both the strength of our industry and the appeal of Queensland.”

The 2018 Logie Awards will be broadcast on the Nine Network