Project cleverly working a treat
AS it celebrates its fourth birthday, Ten’s popular news and current affairs program The Project is also celebrating the fact that it remains very much a work in progress.
‘‘The show’s name is a good example of our thinking that we’re not done yet,’’ says co-host Charlie Pickering. ‘‘And we try not to get set in our ways. We don’t want to shake it up so much that it’s unrecognisable from night to night, but we’re always looking for new ways to do things.’’
And this commitment to keeping things fresh has won The Project a loyal audience.
The Project: Weeknights, 6.30pm, Ten, Ten SC. Congratulations on The Project’s fourth birthday, Charlie. That kind of milestone makes the program a bit of a veteran.
It probably does qualify as longevity, doesn’t it? [Laughs] We’re quite proud of what we achieved, especially with a format that hadn’t been tried before. And what about your personal vision of what you want The Project to say or be?
One of the strengths of the show, I think, is it’s no single person’s vision. It’s a combination of a number of people’s ideas of what it should be. And, as a result, because there’s that diversity of input and opinion. Charlie Pickering Have you given any thought as to how Ten views the show?
The indication we get is that we are a good example of what Ten wants to represent in some ways – we’re irreverent, we do things a little bit differently and we appeal to a very broad audience. So it’s more like dialogue than a presentation.
Our show is a conversation with the viewer. It’s as if you’ve been invited for dinner and you’re chatting about what’s been happening in the world that day. I think there’s a level of cliche in how news is presented in Australia and it is divorced from what the viewer really wants. I have difficulty watching many regular news broadcasts because it feels like a bunch of people trying to be very grown-up about everything. I think our show tries to deal with the news the way many people deal with it. If you were discussing the news with your co-workers, you wouldn’t broadcast your opinion to them. You’d laugh about some things, feel emotional about other things and generally have a conversation.