YOUR SAY

Our re­port on the ways that com­mer­cial sta­tions in­fu­ri­ate view­ers struck a chord with many Guide read­ers

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A big turn-off

from Mar­garet McKil­lop, email I AM­send­ing this email as a once ar­dent viewer of TV. Now I more of­ten find my­self turn­ing it off. The chan­nels sim­ply run over time so that you can­not see the com­mence­ment of an­other show on the op­po­si­tion chan­nel. You can­not rely on tap­ing any­thing be­cause if you set it too soon you miss the end­ing. There is no point in writ­ing to the sta­tions— I have tried that on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Thank God for DVDs.

I’m all right Jack

from Craig Bee, Belmont I DON’T have a prob­lem if they have to shuf­fle pro­grams if the rat­ings are poor. Go for it. I’m in the ma­jor­ity and don’t watch low-rat­ing shows, and I have Fox­tel so I never tend to ex­pe­ri­ence a show I fol­low get­ting axed. But I can un­der­stand why peo­ple get so an­noyed. We are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing more ax­ing of shows than ever be­fore. Some­thing I’m not against is fast-tracking of shows. It’s a good idea for pro­grams that have a suc­cess­ful track record. But to fast-track brand new shows from the US that have only just been shown is very risky. Net­works must mon­i­tor the progress of new shows in the US first be­fore com­mit­ting them­selves to the show.

Ru­ined his day

from Trevor, Whit­ting­ton THURS­DAY af­ter­noon. Day off work. Just fin­ished read­ing the Guide. Loved the story ‘‘TV’s Deadly Sins’’. Boy, can I iden­tify with those sen­ti­ments when I’ve sworn at the TV ex­ec­u­tives af­ter watch­ing a video of my favourite show and miss­ing it, or its end­ing, com­pletely. Thought I’d watch the video I did on the week­end (Oc­to­ber 26) and catch up with Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion. Bum­mer. I just watched 45 min­utes of NCIS. Where did that come from? It wasn’t in the Guide so why was it on? I didn’t even get to see the end of that ( NCIS) ei­ther be­cause I just had the 45 min­utes. Scream!

De­fec­tor to the ABC

from Greg Jessep, email THERE are two things that an­noy me about com­mer­cial TV, apart from the ads, and th­ese are the in­abil­ity of the sta­tions to stick to the ad­ver­tised time of pro­grams and the pro­mo­tional voices used for up­com­ing pro­grams. It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to en­joy an evening’s view­ing if you are hop­ing to see things on dif­fer­ent chan­nels as shows run over time by up to 10 min­utes. And, the chan­nels must be­lieve the male an­nounc­ers they use are a sure way to at­tract view­ers for up­com­ing pro­grams or movies . . . they are sim­ply grat­ing. Now I rarely watch com­mer­cial TV and most of my favourite pro­grams are on the ABC or SBS.

Va­ri­ety is spicy

from Richard Hawes, email IT IS about time that TV sta­tion ex­ec­u­tives were brought to ac­count. Never mind about pro­grams run­ning over time be­cause of ad­ver­tis­ing, they are now us­ing sub­ti­tling to ad­ver­tise up­com­ing pro­grams over a run­ning show. Where is the va­ri­ety in pre­sen­ta­tion when Two and a Half Men is shown at 7pm, 8.30pm and 9pm, on ONE night? Com­mer­cial TV is not about en­ter­tain­ment, it is about money. Back the ABC and SBS. They do at least present va­ri­ety and keep pro­grams on time.

If it ain’t broke ...

from Chris Ham­mer ONE thing maybe some­one at Chan­nel 9 can ex­plain is why they would take a show which has es­tab­lished it­self a big win­ner in its times­lot on Sun­day evening ( The Men­tal­ist) and move it to the most com­pet­i­tive slot of the week to be can­ni­balised? How does this help their rat­ings and sell­ing of ads (apart from put view­ers off­side)?

Shift­ing times­lots

from JN, email BE­ING a shift worker record­ing pro­grams is of­ten the only way I can see my favourite shows and de­spite adding 10 min­utes ei­ther side of the sched­uled times­lot I still suf­fer from the record­ing fin­ish­ing be­fore the pro­gram does be­cause it went well over time in­di­cated in a TV guide. And speak­ing of which, get a TV guide and find it’s more ‘‘guide­line’’ than guide. Pro­gram times change on the day. Pro­grams you were keen to watch sud­denly don’t ap­pear and you’re faced with a re-run of some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent.

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