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