Bid to hi­jack Lo­gies

Jor­dan Raskopou­los launches an in­ter­net cam­paign to win a Lo­gie, writes

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NDUS­TRY bi­ble TV Week says it will mon­i­tor vot­ing for the Lo­gie Awards to en­sure they’re not un­duly in­flu­enced.

It comes af­ter Jor­dan Raskopou­los, who had a sup­port­ing role in Un­der­ground: The Ju­lian As­sange Story, slammed the awards in an on­line fo­rum and asked the in­ter­net to help him win the Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tor award.

Raskopou­los played Ju­lian As­sange’s hacker buddy Trax and ap­peared in the 2008 se­ries Stupid Stupid Man.

The ac­tor vowed to re­ward those who voted for him by let­ting them write lines of his ac­cep­tance speech.

‘‘The Lo­gie awards are Aus­tralia’s equiv­a­lent of the Em­mys. They’re our an­nual tele­vi­sion awards, they’re ut­terly ter­ri­ble and, un­like the Em­mys, the big awards are de­cided by pub­lic vote . . . They’re usu­ally won by soap opera ac­tors, many a Neigh­bours star­let has claimed a Lo­gie,’’ he writes. ‘‘Please don’t mis­read this thread as a plea to the in­ter­net to vote for me for my own gain. This is an op­por­tu­nity to get a man from the in­ter­net onto live tele­vi­sion to mock an Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion (and po­ten­tially ruin my ca­reer).’’

A spokes­woman says Ten in no way en­dorses Jor­dan’s cam­paign or com­ments. The net­work was in full sup­port of the TV Week Lo­gies Awards, she says.

In the fo­rum Raskopou­los in­cluded a draft . . . and snapped with Wil­liams and Cal­lan McAul­liffe. of his speech, where he quoted from Lord of the Rings and Monty Python, and also promised to ‘‘lick Richard Wilkins’’ if the op­por­tu­nity arises.

The ed­i­tor of TV Week says the mag­a­zine ‘‘goes to great lengths to en­sure the cred­i­bil­ity of both the pub­lic and in­dus­try voted awards’’ and will en­sure all votes are scru­ti­nised to en­sure each is le­git­i­mate.

‘‘Our vot­ers are passionate about Aus­tralian TV and you only have to look at pre­vi­ous win­ners of pop­u­lar awards, like Simon Baker, Asher Ked­die, Chris Hemsworth and Jes­sica Marais, to know they get it pretty spot on,’’ says Emma Nolan.

play Crown Casino, Mel­bourne, on April 7.

Jor­dan Raskopou­los (right) with his and Lee Naimo . . .

cast­mates Benny Davis

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