Waleed Aly Nominated For Gold Logie
Marking his third Gold Logie nomination, the host of 'The Project' admitted he was still surprised each year by the news.
Aly is once again nominated for the Gold, as well as Most Popular Presenter alongside co-host Carrie Bickmore, while 'The Project' is once again nominated for Most Popular News or Current Affairs Program.
"Fair to say the first time I was nominated was a total surprise, this time it was... largely a surprise," a stunned Aly told 10 daily via phone.
"Having been through the process a couple of times before, you kind of assume there's a window and that window had passed," he added.
It's only May but 'The Project' has already had a massive year, driving home their promise of news delivered differently, something Aly hoped had resonated with audiences.
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"Being a news show you are a little bit beholden to what the news is doing," he said, "there have been a lot of big things happen throughout the year and it's given us a responsibility -- and you might say opportunity -- to do that stuff as well as we can and I think it's been a good year for the show so far."
Reflecting on the past few months, it wasn't the massive interview with the Prime Minister just a few weeks ago or his incredibly raw chat with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that stick out, Aly said he really enjoyed some of the reporting he did out in the field.
"We went to Vietnam to cover the Trump/Kim Jong-un summit," Aly said, "The story we did about Agent Orange -- which caused enormous disability and physical deformity and it's gone through to third and fourth generations. We found this place, like an orphanage for kids that had been affected. It was really confronting and sad but also inspiring.
"I remember when that story went to air, I think it's a real moment that I look back on in my whole career. It may not be what the audience remember, but all those things do stay with you."
It's also just a few weeks away from 'The Project's 10th anniversary with Aly saying the nominations are partly due to the relationship the show has with its audience.
"We have a really tight bond with our audience and you can see that every time say we run a story on somebody and if they're raising money, we put a call out, there's a huge response," Aly told 10 daily. "We have one of the most engaged audiences in the country and they really come on the whole ride with us, it's great."
"The fact that they've stuck with us and gotten more attached is really lovely. That's the biggest compliment," he said.
Voting for the 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards opens Monday, June 24, 2019 at 12:01am AEST) and closes at the end of the red carpet telecast on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 7:30pm AEST.
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