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Logies organisers 'ban guests from Twitter'

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Dannii Minogue

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Australian celebrities have been banned from using Twitter during this year's Logie Awards.

The organisers of the TV awards ceremony recently sent out invitations to stars informing them that "mobiles will not be permitted" at the event.

In the past two years, guests at the show have hit headlines for their controversial tweets during the broadcast.

The Chaser's Dominic Knight used the microblogging site to slam Gretel Killeen's on-stage performance in 2009. Comedian Wil Anderson also wrote: "Gretel doing a sketch in heaven... And yet we are in hell."

In 2010, journalist Catherine Deveny was fired after inappropriate tweets after Bindi Irwin, the 11-year-old daughter of late conservationist Steve Irwin, appeared on stage. Wil Anderson was again criticised for his nasty comments about various guests and performers.

Dannii Minogue also announced on Twitter at last year's event that Home and Away actor Ray Meagher had won the Gold Logie, half an hour before it was broadcast on television.

A spokesperson for the event told The Age: "We're simply asking the industry to support the show, enjoy the night and respect the Logies and everyone else in the room."

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