Denyer, Marais and Block win early Logies

Grant Denyer has won the most popular presenter at the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast.
Grant Denyer has won the most popular presenter at the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast.

He may have had his show cancelled but Grant Denyer collected the most popular presenter at the 60th annual Logie Awards.

His win for hosting Ten's Family Feud - a show which was recently axed - is his first success in the category after seven nominations.

He's also in the running for the Gold Logie but the hot favourite is Nine's A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw with The Living Room (Network Ten) host Amanda Keller a close second.

The other Gold Logie contenders are Nine's Doctor Doctor actor Rodger Corser and Foxtel's Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter.

Earlier Jessica Marais was named most popular actress for her role in Nine's Love Child. It was Marais' 13th nomination at the awards being held on the Gold Goast for the first time.

Ray Meagher was took out the most popular actor for his long-running role as Alf Stewart on Seven's Home and Away.

Former accountant Dilruk Jayasinha, from ABC's comedy show Utopia, was named most popular new talent.

Comedian and radio host Dave Hughes roasted the crowd for the fourth year running, mocking the Seven Network over Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell's tweet that it was too expensive for the show to attend the event and hold an outside broadcast the next day.

Hughes also courted controversy by joking "I love Don Burke" before conceding "I've taken myself into the weird zone".

The night's first Logie went to Nine's The Block for the most popular reality program, while the network's 60 Minutes was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

Ten's Have You Been Paying Attention took out the most popular comedy program, while the network's Bathurst 1000 was named the most outstanding sports coverage and the Living Room the most popular lifestyle program.

The most outstanding factual or documentary program went to the ABC's War on Waste.

Foxtel's Wentworth won most popular drama - the pay TV show's second Logies win. The show is also nominated for outstanding drama.

Romper Stomper, which airs on Stan, was named the Logie's most outstanding mini-series or telemovie.

Australian Associated Press