'Home' runs away with 5 Logies


SYDNEY -- Aussie actress Kate Ritchie has starred in the Seven Network's perennially popular soap "Home and Away" for nineteen years -- longevity that was rewarded Sunday when the 26-year-old won her first Gold Logie, as the most popular personality on Australian television.

"Home and Away," aired in 50 countries with an estimated worldwide audience of 50 million, dominated the Australian awards night with four nods, all in the audience-voted categories, while Seven's "Dancing With The Stars" was the most popular reality program. The Nine Network also took away a total of five awards, Network Ten racked up four awards, while pubcasters the ABC and SBS dominated the industry-voted categories with three awards apiece.

ABC current affairs program "Lateline" won most outstanding news coverage for its series on sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities, while its top-rated documentary of 2006, "Who Killed Dr. Bogle and Mrs. Chandler?" and biography series "Dynasties" also picked up awards.

SBS won most outstanding sports coverage for the 2006 soccer World Cup and the contentious Italy vs. Australia quarter final, while actress Emma Lung won most outstanding new talent for the SBS short film "Stranded" and Susie Porter won most outstanding actress for SBS drama series "RAN."

Working Dog's "Thank God You're Here" was the most outstanding comedy, while newcomer Matthew Le Nevez won most outstanding actor in Ten's "The Society Murders."

Two pay TV programs rounded out the industry voted categories -- Foxtel's "Love My Way" won most outstanding drama for the third year in a row, while Nickelodeon's original kids series "The Upside Down Show," for Nick Jr., won most outstanding children's program.

Also at the ceremony, broadcast live on the Nine Network, was Terri Irwin, widow of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. She accepted his posthumous induction into the Logie Hall of Fame.