<em>Paper Giants: Magazine Wars</em> earned multiple nominations for the ABC.

Paper Giants: Magazine Wars earned multiple nominations for the ABC. Photo: Ben King

Australia's public broadcasters and pay TV outfit Foxtel have carved off the lion's share of nominations in the race to claim the crown for best television drama at this year's TV Week Logie Awards, taking seven of 10 places in the drama and miniseries/telemovie categories.

The ABC's Paper Giants and Redfern Now, and Foxtel's Top of the Lake and Wentworth were among the nominations announced by TV Week magazine. The others include the ABC's The Time of Our Lives and An Accidental Soldier, and the SBS drama Better Man.

Head-to-head: Offspring stars Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart.

Head-to-head: Offspring stars Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart both nominated for outstanding actress.

Only three commercial dramas scored nominations: Seven's A Place To Call Home, Ten's Offspring and, in the miniseries/telemovie category, Nine's Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story.

Nominees in the peer-voted "outstanding" categories have been published in the issue of TV Week to hit newsstands on Monday morning.

The full list of nominations, including nominees for the "most popular" program and personality categories, and the nominees for the night's biggest award, the Gold Logie, will be announced at an event in Melbourne later on Monday.

Elisabeth Moss in Foxtel's <em>Top of the Lake</em>.

Elisabeth Moss in Foxtel's Top of the Lake.

Last year's Gold Logie nominees were actors Asher Keddie and Steve Peacocke, The Project host Carrie Bickmore, radio and TV presenters Hamish Blake and Andy Lee and comedian Adam Hills. Keddie, who stars in the Ten Network drama Offspring, was last year's winner.

Public broadcasters also accounted for half of the nominations in the news coverage and public affairs report categories, notably the Four Corners report "A Gracious Gift", about organ donation, by reporter Sarah Ferguson and producer Deb Masters. The report was unusually personal for the pair; it featured their ABC colleague, Mark Colvin, who underwent a kidney transplant.

Seven's news report, "Dark Side of the Force", about a sex ring inside the Australian Defence Force, was nominated in the news coverage category. Seven reporter Robert Ovadia and investigative producer Paula Doneman have already won a Walkley Award for the report.

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The ABC and SBS also took four of seven nominations in the outstanding factual program category, notably the SBS1 vaccination documentary Jabbed, the ABC's Desert War, about the North African Campaign during World War II, and the Foxtel observational series Kings Cross ER: St Vincent's Hospital.

Foxtel's reboot of the iconic 1980s drama Prisoner, Wentworth, was nominated for outstanding drama series. Two of its stars, Danielle Cormack and Shareena Clanton, were also nominated: for outstanding actress and for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer respectively.

Australia's fascination with media soap operas also reaped rich rewards for the ABC and Channel Nine. Both Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (ABC1) and Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (Nine Network) were nominated in the outstanding miniseries/telemovie category.

The stars of both projects also secured nominations: actor Lachy Hulme, who played Sir Frank Packer in Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, and Mandy McElhinney, who played magazine editor Nene King in Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. They were nominated for outstanding actor and actress respectively.

Despite some well-publicised (and valid) criticism, scripted comedies and variety/talent shows remain awkwardly shoehorned into the outstanding light entertainment program category, where The Voice Australia is pitted against four scripted comedies: SBS's Housos and the ABC's It's A Date, Please Like Me and Upper Middle Bogan.

The 56th Annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held on Sunday, April 27, in Melbourne. They will be broadcast on the Nine Network.

Partial list of nominees

TV Week Silver Logies

Outstanding Drama Series

A Place To Call Home (Channel Seven)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Redfern Now (ABC1)
The Time of Our Lives (ABC1)
Wentworth (Foxtel/ SoHo)

Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie

An Accidental Soldier (ABC1)
Better Man (SBS ONE)
Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (ABC1)
Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (Nine Network)
Top of the Lake (Foxtel/UKTV)

Outstanding Actor

Chris Lilley (Ja'mie: Private School Girl, ABC1)
Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC1)
David Wenham (Better Man, SBS ONE)
Kirk Page (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Lachy Hulme (Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Nine Network)

Outstanding Actress

Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Claudia Karvan (The Time of Our Lives, ABC1)
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Foxtel/ SoHo)
Kat Stewart (Offspring, Network Ten)
Mandy McElhinney (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, ABC1)

TV Week Logies

Outstanding Light Entertainment Program

The Voice Australia (Nine Network)
Housos (SBS ONE)
It's A Date (ABC1)
Please Like Me (ABC2)
Upper Middle Bogan (ABC1)

Outstanding News Coverage

Crisis in Cairo – Brett Mason (World News Australia, SBS ONE)
"Missing the boat" Jaymes Diaz Interview (Ten Eyewitness News, Network Ten)
Leadership Spill (Foxtel/ SKY NEWS)
NSW Bushfires (Nine News, Nine Network)
The Dark Side of the Force (Seven News, Channel Seven)

Outstanding Public Affairs Report

A Gracious Gift (Four Corners, ABC1)
Drugs in Sport – Stephen Dank (7.30, ABC1)
Manus Island (Dateline, SBS ONE)
Prime Suspect (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)
Prisoner X – The Australian Connection (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)

Outstanding Factual Program

Desert War (ABC1)
Dirty Business (SBS ONE)
Jabbed (SBS ONE)
Kings Cross ER: St Vincent's Hospital (Foxtel/Crime & Investigation Network)
Redesign My Brain (ABC1)

Outstanding Sports Coverage

2013 NRL Grand Final (Nine Network)
2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
Tour de France (SBS ONE)

2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival (Channel Seven)
The Ashes Cricket – Australia v England (Nine Network)

Outstanding Children's Program

Play Along With Sam (Foxtel/Nick Jr)
Dance Academy (ABC3)
Move It Mob Style (NITV)
Nowhere Boys (ABC3)
Play School (ABC4Kids)

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer

Anna Bamford (Wonderland, Network Ten)
Caren Pistorius (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, ABC1)
Meyne Wyatt (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Shareena Clanton (Wentworth, Foxtel/SoHo)
Remy Hii (Better Man, SBS ONE)