No longer shack­led to pro­gram­mers’ whims

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They just can’t help them­selves. The pro­gram­ming over­lords at TVNZ have once again forced Coronation Street fans to read­just their view­ing week with yet another sched­ule change. Over the years TVNZ has moved the pro­gramme around dif­fer­ent nights of the week and tried dif­fer­ent lengths – from a half hour to the cur­rent two hour slot on Fri­day nights. There have been mum­bled rea­sons com­ing out of TVNZ about fall­ing rat­ings for Coro but they never re­ally give hard num­bers and we all know how num­bers can be ma­nip­u­lated to suit your own par­tic­u­lar ar­gu­ment. I have had the feel­ing over the last few years that there are those in TVNZ who would ac­tu­ally like to get rid of Coro al­to­gether but can’t be both­ered with the flak they would re­ceive. So now they’ve come up with the next best sce­nario. Put it on Fri­day nights, which is a tra­di­tion­ally quiet night when it comes to viewer num­bers. In the past when TVNZ has tam­pered with Coro there have been howls of protest. Why not this time? Maybe we were dis­tracted by Christ­mas or maybe it’s be­cause many of us now have Mysky or Free­view and are no longer shack­led to the whims of tele­vi­sion pro­gram­mers. I for one no longer watch any­thing live. Our favourite shows are se­ries linked so they record au­to­mat­i­cally. So we watch Coro whenWEfeel like it – not when TVNZ de­cides. And if we want to watch just one hour we can and watch the rest later on. Another great thing about Mysky is that I can ac­tu­ally work it. Be­ing a bit tech­ni­cally chal­lenged I never quite man­aged to work out how to pro­gramme the video recorder so that piece of tech­nol­ogy came and, thank­fully, went with­out me get­ting the hang of it. ◗ Ed Tay­lor is gen­eral man­ager of War­birds Over Wanaka and reck­ons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.

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