TV Week Logies 2012

Thomas Banks
The 2012 TV Week Logies were held on Sunday night in Melbourne. The well-known and popular night recognises and awards people who work in television. This year, special guests from overseas included the British boy band One Direction. I was on the red carpet to talk to celebrities as they arrived at the awards. I asked some confronting questions. I wanted to know 'Why aren't there any people with disabilities represented on television?' Most celebrities said people with disabilities should be on television. This opinion was shared by the night's Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake.
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Thomas Banks on 18/04/2012
Andy Lee, Hamish Blake and Thomas Banks.
Thomas, Hamish & Andy final

On the red carpet with Hamish and Andy.

I was a media representative on the red carpet of the 2012 Gold Logies. I asked TV celebrities some confronting questions about disability and television.


Former Masterchef contestant and ABC cooking host Poh Ling Yeow believes people with disabilities should be represented more on TV.

I really believe that there should be more people with disabilities on TV because everyone has a story to tell, says Poh.

I think that people just need to tell the stories as they are, because producers don't necessarily know how to work with these issues. They skip the real issues that people with disabilities go through as well. I totally agree with you though. They should be getting some action.

Asked whether more people with disabilities should be on TV, Hamish Blake says yes.

That's a very good question. I don't know. There should be. There's no reason not to be.

Channel 10 newsreader Natarsha Belling dropped by for a chat. She thinks we have to change our perceptions of disability not only in Australia but in the rest of the world.

The fact is that it takes all wonderful people to make the world work, says Natarsha.


Jackie Woodburne, who plays Susan Kennedy in Neighbours, says the Neighbours producers are definitely trying to broaden their minds when it comes to diversity of characters.

We have had people on the show who have been vision impaired and also from multicultural backgrounds, but we are slowly getting better at it. The show is always changing and getting better though, but it's important to be diverse and we need to think about this when we're making choices with cast members.

Star power

Delta Goodrem stopped by for a photo but didn't have time for a chat. She seems very open to communicating with people with disabilities because I waved her down and she came over. Young fans seemed to get a particular thrill from seeing Delta.

The 2012 TV Week Logies ended with comic sensation Hamish Blake taking out the TV Week Gold Logie for the most popular television personality. He made an inspirational speech which was followed by an incredible performance by British boy band One Direction

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