Viewers are testy about the way their favourite sport shows are treated, but others find a little kindness saves the day
Triple M for mystifying
from Carl Lundgren, Cheltenham COMMENTS by Austereo head of content Guy Dobson demonstrate why TripleM continues to plummet in the ratings— they can’t see talent right under their own noses. He says they need ‘‘great unique TripleM content that’s going to be different to anything else on the FM band . . .’’ Well, Guy, you had that already, it was called Get This with Tony Martin, it was unique and rated highly, so you axed the show. Mystifying.
Tall tales from Paradise
from Marg, Carnegie I’M NOT surprised Trouble in Paradise didn’t rate. The first story by Liam Bartlett about the two surfers on holiday who were locked up by corrupt local police had so many holes, it was ludicrous to even suggest this really happened as stated. I was so disappointed I didn’t even watch the rest of the show.
One out of 10 for Todd
from Ruth Blackman, Seaford IT’S time for Todd McKenney to get his marching orders from Dancing with the Stars. Uncaring of the hurt he inflicts on others and looking totally unkempt, his arrogance is unimpressive.
It’s a kind of magic
from Felicia, Sale WITH so many shows these days dealing with violence, it’s really encouraging to watch Random Acts of Kindness. The episode on July 12 reduced me to tears, it was so moving. What an incredibly selfless and modest person Moira Kelly is, devoting her life to helping children in need of operations. This is the sort of television we need, to show our children what good and decent people do for others.
from Gloria Dunbar, Macleod SHAME on whoever writes the questions and answers on Hot Seat. All Australian women did not receive the vote in federal elections in 1902. Have you forgotten Aboriginal women had to wait another 65 years?
Wallabies deserve prime time
from Troy Clunies-Ross, Gisborne WHEN is Channel 7 going to start supporting rugby union in Victoria? We have a worldclass team in the Wallabies and yet whenever they play, Channel 7 telecasts the game at 1am. Rather than televise the games live they insist on playing movie re-runs that could be shown any other night. There is a huge push for a Victorian team to be added to the expanded Super 14 competition and televising Wallabies games is a perfect way to promote the game here. Time to pull your head out of the sand, Channel 7.
Different point of view
from Gary, Mulgrave I AGREE with Trevor (Guide, July 15) about the coverage of footy by Channel 7, but his criticisms are equally relevant to Channel Ten and Foxtel, with the exception of the camera from the roof. The only way we will overcome the pathetic direction of footy telecasts is for the digital coverage that Foxtel had for the Sunday twilight game— which has been discontinued this year— to roll on as quickly as possible. Then we’ll be able to choose the camera angle we like best, without the constant changing of cameras the stations are serving up to us, replays during play and an obsession with the coaches.
Missing in action
from Lee Mills, Ballarat TO BOB Clarke (Guide, July 15) re missing sections of Spooks on the ABC, the same is done by SBS with the UK Top Gear. My cousin in the UK sends me the latest shows and whole sections are missing from episodes, obviously to fit in with SBS ad breaks every 12 minutes.
Filth just not funny
from Ivan Hoy, Kambah, ACT WHY do comedians have to resort to using foul language in their routines? What is so funny about the F word, or the C word? Are they so inept at the English language that they cannot communicate without swearing? I started to watch the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate, only to have to turn it off after 10 minutes because of the foul language. I’m no prude, but I yearn for the days when you could watch television without being subjected to filthy swear words.