Comedian Hamish Blake wins Australia's top television award

Hamish Blake edged out favourites Carrie Bickmore and Asher Keddie to nab the Gold Logie. [AAP]
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Hamish Blake edged out favourites Carrie Bickmore and Asher Keddie to nab the Gold Logie. [AAP]

Last Updated: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:11:00 +1000

Comedian Hamish Blake has upstaged his more fancied rivals to take home his first Gold Logie, the award for most popular personality on Australian television, at the gala awards night in Melbourne.

Blake tipped out hot bookies' favourite, The Project host Carrie Bickmore, and last year's winner, Today Show host Karl Stefanovic, to be crowned Australian television's most popular personality.

Blake's win was his second for the night, having taken out the Most Popular Light Entertainment Program with his offsider Andy Lee for Hamish and Andy's Gap Year.

Accepting the Logie, Blake thanked his comedic partner, who he said he had been friends with since they were teenagers.

He said the comic duo had started in television and will remain friends after their time in TV ends.

"We are the luckiest guys in the world. Andy, this is half yours," he said in his acceptance speech

Blake also paid tribute to the Australian television industry and said he was humbled by the win.

"The thing about the Australian industry and the people in this room and the people that made TV is: we have really good people, and it doesn't have to be that way, but it is that way," he said.

"And that's what makes it doubly special to be holding this little gold man in front of all you guys."

Blake's win, however, was spoiled somewhat when the news was posted online by a media outlet, well before the Gold Logie winner was even announced at the ceremony, let alone on the time-delayed broadcast on the Nine Network.

Although the report was immediately pulled off the News Limited website, social media was alive with the news and the media outlet was then evicted from the press room.

Molly Meldrum tribute


The Logies also paid tribute to music personality Ian "Molly" Meldrum, who suffered a severe head injury in a fall at his Melbourne home in mid-December 2011.

The audience at the ceremony heard from stars including Sir Elton John, Red Symons, John Paul Young and Delta Goodrem as part of Meldrum's induction into the Hall of Fame.

"I refer to Molly as the Godfather, he always watches over me and many other artists," Goodrem said.

Sir Elton also paid tribute: "I know I speak for many artists and music lovers around world when I say 'thank you, there's no one like you," he said in a pre-recorded interview.

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