Lisa Wilkinson will not be attending the Logies this year with her TV career on hold and is asking to be stripped of her award.
- Lisa Wilkinson will skip the Logies this year
- He won the Silver Logie for coverage of Brittany Higgins.
Lisa Wilkinson won’t be at this year’s Logies, just twelve months after receiving the industry’s highest award for her interview with Brittany Higgins.
The Australian reports that Wilkinson will not be attending The Logies, which is taking place in Sydney on Sunday night.
It comes after a leaked pre-interview luncheon with Brittany Higgins and others revealed the extent to which The Project host tried to politicize her rape allegation.
There have been increasing calls in recent months for Wilkinson to return his award for Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report, which he received in June last year for his explosive interview with the former Liberal staffer.
The calls were prompted by the surfacing of a recording of a five-hour meeting between Wilkinson, her Channel Ten producer Angus Llewellyn, Ms Higgins and her boyfriend David Sharaz in a Sydney hotel room in January 2021.
The Australian reports that Wilkinson will not be attending The Logies, which is taking place in Sydney on Sunday evening (the journalist is pictured in her Silver Logie at last year’s event).
The allegations that emerged from the recorded lunch meeting are that Wilkinson coached and goaded Ms Higgins ahead of her interview about the rape allegations.
The group also spoke about Labor politicians they claimed they could trust to “shoot” questions in Question Time and the apparent mockery of the Liberal Party’s shortlisting of indigenous candidates.
Wilkinson was later forced to apologize to candidate Jacinta Nampijinpa Price after appearing to compare her shortlist to a white family “hiring a black cleaner”.
Wilkinson relished his win at last year’s awards ceremony.
“After 40 years in journalism, this interview and this story is by far the most important work I’ve ever done,” he told the audience at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
‘And I’ve known it since the first phone call I received last year from a young woman whose name, she told me, was Brittany Higgins.
“As Brittany warned me before going on the air, many of the most powerful people in this country would view her story not as a human issue, but as a political issue.”
Lehrmann stood trial in the ACT Supreme Court last year after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting Higgins, but the trial was abandoned due to jury misconduct.
The charges were later dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions and Mr. Lehrmann has continued to deny the allegation.
It is also suing ABC over its live broadcast of Ms. Higgins’ speech to the National Press Club on February 9, 2022.
He claims that passing on the address implied that he had raped Ms Higgins even though he was not named in the speech.