Embargoed lists of award winners could be under threat after the Herald Sun named Hamish Blake as the Gold Logie winner an hour early on Sunday. ACP Magazines, which organises the event through its title TV Week, said it is considering whether to release the list in future after the Melbourne paper’s blunder.
The Herald Sun has apologised and admitted Google was not to blame, after earlier blaming the internet giant for entering its system during iPad app tests.
Peter Holder the TV Week’s publisher, said he could not see how the awards could release embargoed lists following the problem. He said: “It’s probably been a long time coming, I think they’re very much on the block. The problem is embargoes are not legally enforceable.
“As online becomes more of a player and the uncontrollable world of social media, which has its place, grows, you run the risk of this sort of thing happening repeatedly.
“You have to think of the viewers who are watching the show and this spoiling their enjoyment of it, and the nominees who learned on their phones they hadn’t won.”
I have to agree, with all our instant communications, do they really need it an hour early? TV sites such as Throng have to blog them live. I understand that they have to get the paper to the presses, but as one commentator said, they don’t do this for any US award shows. Can you imagine the Best Film at the Oscars being leaked!