No longer shackled to programmers’ whims
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.