Thank god for Packed to the Rafters. That’s the only bright spot for read­ers amid a pile of tele­vi­sion and ra­dio com­plaints

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Tracked off

Not-so-fast, email SO MANY se­ries re­turn in Amer­ica this month: House, Grey’s Anatomy, The Sarah Con­nor Chron­i­cles, The Amaz­ing Race and Sur­vivor to name a few. And what do we get ‘‘fast-tracked’’ to us? Some un­heard-of new show called Fringe, which in­ci­den­tally will have taken 11 days to ‘‘fast-track’’ by the time it’s on here. Ah, Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, do­ing noth­ing to dis­cour­age il­le­gal down­load­ing.

Give Chup­pell out

from Pa­tri­cia, View­bank WE ALL know that Tony Greig speaks with a funny ac­cent be­cause he comes from South Africa, but what ex­cuse does Ian Chap­pell have? Chap­pell says Sri Lunka, Bungladesh and Puk­istan. He seems to have trou­ble pro­nounc­ing an ‘‘a’’ as an ‘‘a’’.

Rafter best medicine

from Irene, Cam­per­down I AMan English mi­grant and, apart from Gra­ham Kennedy, think that com­pared with English com­edy shows, the Aussie ones fall flat. But at last you’ve hit the mark with Packed to the Rafters.

De­lay re­ac­tion

from Brian, email IT SEEMS so easy to run the sport­ing depart­ment of a TV chan­nel. Just pay over the odds for the rights, put it on de­lay then cram it full of ads. Olympics, AFL, Su­per­cars— all de­layed. Don’t care about view­ers’ re­ac­tion when they know the re­sults hours be­fore it’s shown. We know th­ese broad­casts must be paid for but Seven does it too of­ten. As a mo­tor sports fol­lower, I think Seven is the pits.

Low­er­ing the tone

from Sarah, email SEVEN’S Make Me a Su­per­model is a dis­grace. Where do the judges get off telling a per­fectly healthy young girl that she needs to ‘‘tone up’’, as well as mak­ing them pose provoca­tively and pa­rade around in body paint as though to ap­pear naked? It’s al­most as bad as Brother in that it uses con­tro­versy in a poor at­tempt to gain rat­ings. Shows like this send the wrong mes­sage to young peo­ple.

Re­peat of­fend­ers

from Ja­son, Narre War­ren South MES­SAGE to ra­dio sta­tions: Why can’t you re­place all shows with some new tal­ent and DJs when your nor­mal pre­sen­ters are on hol­i­day. I am sick of hear­ing ‘‘the best of’’ or ‘‘re­jig’’ and re­peats of pro­grams I’ve al­ready heard a dozen times. Surely you can pay some­body else to host a ra­dio show for a cou­ple of weeks?

Sorry ex­cuse

from Fed-Up, Malvern East SO THE chil­dren from the Footy Show have done it again. An im­ma­ture, id­i­otic stunt aimed at Ja­son Dun­stall. How many times are th­ese morons go­ing to wish for their time over again or apol­o­gise for their be­hav­iour? Well, Garry, James and Sam, you three put to­gether are not half the pro­fes­sional Dun­stall is and if I were him, I wouldn’t come on your puerile and ju­ve­nile ex­cuse for a show, ei­ther. Nine should sack the three of you.

Nine’s crime

from Ge­off, Launch­ing Place PLEASE, Chan­nel 9, stop treat­ing view­ers like two-year-olds. The ads say­ing Mel­bourne view­ers can fi­nally see Un­der­belly? Please tell me a fam­ily who hasn’t seen it, in­clud­ing us.

Busi­ness class

from Sh­ery­lyn, Fawkner VERY Small Busi­ness: what an­other great show by the ABC. You re­ally feel for the char­ac­ters ‘‘Shonky’’ Don and his off­sider played by Kim Gyn­gell. Keep up the good work guys. Love it.

Hot Wal­ter

from Kath, Bal­a­clava HOW re­fresh­ing to lis­ten to De­nis Wal­ter fill­ing in for Ernie Sigley on 3AW. De­nis has such an ea­sylis­ten­ing man­ner and he’s charm­ing and witty. De­nis is a ready-made re­place­ment for Ernie.

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