Why Lisa Wilkinson DIDN’T think she would give speech at Logies, but knew she was treading in danger


Inside Lisa Wilkinson’s interview with a top prosecutor where she revealed the reason why she DIDN’T think she would end up giving a Logies speech at all – before her disastrous remarks delayed trial

  • Wilkinson was fairly sure she would never deliver now notorious Logies speech 
  • She told the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions this four days before Logies
  • Her speech has led to a high profile alleged rape case being postponed 

Four days before the Logies, Lisa Wilkinson was fairly sure she would never deliver her now notorious speech that resulted in a high profile rape trial being postponed indefinitely. 

‘I don’t think I will get it because it is managed by a rival network,’ she told Shane Drumgold, the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on June 15.

The Project host was meeting Mr Drumgold to discuss her evidence at the upcoming trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who has been charged with the alleged rape of former political staffer Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in Canberra. 

Lehrmann, charged with sexual intercourse without consent, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins. 

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was warned four days before the Logies that the speech she planned to give if she won could lead to dangerous territory

Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was warned four days before the Logies that the speech she planned to give if she won could lead to dangerous territory

In his notes of the meeting, Mr Drumgold recorded that ‘At conclusion Lisa was asked if she had any questions.’

She told him she was nominated for a Logie for her interview on Channel 10 with Brittany Higgins, but didn’t think she would win as the awards were managed by Channel Nine.

She didn’t entirely rule out her chance of getting the award, though. ‘I have, however, prepared a speech in case,’ she told Mr Drumgold. 

Wilkinson then read the first line of her speech but was stopped by the DPP who said ‘We are not speech editors.

‘We have no power to approve or prohibit any public comment that is the role of the court.’

Mr Drumgold did, however, advise, that Lehrmann’s legal team ‘can reinstitute a stay application in the event of publicity’ related to the speech. 

The defence lawyers had made a previous, unsuccessful, application for a stay – essentially a postponement of a trial.  

Wilkinson did win the Logie, did give her speech and, two days later, the defence was successful in seeking a stay. 

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum was scathing in her response to what Wilkinson did, saying the line between an allegation and the finding of guilt was ‘completely obliterated’ by her Logies speech.

Lisa Wilkinson's (pictured left) Logies speech comments about Brittany Higgins (pictured right) led to the trial of Ms Higgins' alleged rapist being postponed indefinitely

Lisa Wilkinson’s (pictured left) Logies speech comments about Brittany Higgins (pictured right) led to the trial of Ms Higgins’ alleged rapist being postponed indefinitely 

Brittany Higgins (right) is pictured with her partner David Sharaz on board an aeroplane

Brittany Higgins (right) is pictured with her partner David Sharaz on board an aeroplane

‘Notwithstanding that clear and appropriate warning, upon receiving the award, Ms Wilkinson gave a speech in which she openly referred to and praised the complainant (Ms Higgins) in the present trial. 

‘Unsurprisingly, the award and the content of the speech have been the subject of further extensive commentary,’ she said. 

Justice McCallum said Ms Higgins’ case had ‘attracted a level of attention in the media … that while not unprecedented, is certainly extreme …

‘Extensive media reporting of alleged criminal conduct is not mischievous in itself.

‘What is a potential mischief is media reporting of such issues in such a way … it impacts the criminal case.’

Bruce Lehrmann (pictured), is charged with sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in Canberra

The trial of Lehrmann, which was supposed to start on Monday, has now been postponed indefinitely by Justice McCallum.

She is waiting for what defence barrister Steve Whybrow referred to as ‘adverse publicity (to) dissipate’.

No date has been set for the trial, but Justice McCallum said she wants it to be held this year, with an October listing probably providing enough time for publicity to about the case to die down. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine seeking comment on Wilkinson’s belief that she wouldn’t win a Logie ‘because it is managed by a rival network’.

Despite Wilkinson’s remarks, the awards are run by TV Week magazine, however, Nine broadcasts the award show. 

Lisa Wilkinson (right) is pictured with her husband, journalist and author Peter FitzSimons

Lisa Wilkinson (right) is pictured with her husband, journalist and author Peter FitzSimons

Despite Wilkinson’s fears that she would miss out on a Logie because Channel 9 runs the awards, she was far from the only winner not working for Nine. 

Guy Pearce and Anna Torv won the most popular actor and actress awards for ABC programs Jack Irish and The Newsreader, respectively.

Another ABC personality, Tony Armstrong, won the most popular new talent award.

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured at the Logie Awards on June 19, 2022. The winner's speech she delivered resulted in a rape trial being postponed indefinitely

Lisa Wilkinson is pictured at the Logie Awards on June 19, 2022. The winner’s speech she delivered resulted in a rape trial being postponed indefinitely

Channel Seven’s Home and Away won the drama award, while The Project, the show Wilkinson co-hosts of Channel 10, won the most popular panel or current affairs program.

Channel Nine did, however, take out the top two awards, the Gold Logie for most popular personality and the Bert Newton award for most popular presenter.

Both went to Hamish Blake for Lego Masters Australia.

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