Seven, ABC take most Logies

Ritchie defends with Gold Logie

SYDNEY -- The Seven Network and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. dominated the television industry's key awards night here Sunday, the TV Week Logie Awards.

Seven star Kate Ritchie, a veteran of top-rated soap "Home and Away," won the Gold Logie for the second year running as Australian television's most popular personality. The nod comes just several weeks after she signed off from the show on which she'd starred for a record 25 years.

The Logies are given out in 24 categories, divided evenly between viewer-voted and peer-voted categories.

It was the ABC's eight-award haul that generated the most buzz, largely coming for programs that have attracted viewers outside the pubcaster's usually staid older audience.

Nine-year-old Bindi Irwin won her first Logie as most popular new female talent for her series "Bindi, the Jungle Girl," which airs on the ABC, while comedian Chris Lilley won most popular actor and his mockumentary series "Summer Heights High" -- one of the top-rated shows of 2007 -- won most outstanding comedy.

Other key winners on the night included Seven sitcom "Kath and Kim," for most popular light entertainment program, and talk show host Rove McManus, who was named most popular presenter.