Your comments on TV and radio
Given that there are now only a few weeks to the election, couldn’t TVNZ, our national broadcaster, stretch itself to repeat its single hour of weekly political coverage at a more appropriate time?
Bad enough that Q+A’s usual time is 9am on a Sunday, but repeating it at 11.40 that night suggests TVNZ does not think it has any responsibility or role in covering the lead-up to the election.
The paucity of in-depth coverage of current affairs on NZ television is a real concern for the health of our democracy. Mattie Wall (Auckland)
I am relying on the Listener to let us know when The Great British Sewing Bee is returning to our screens. Is it in the pipeline?
Joanne Knight (Katikati)
Talkback responds: Bad luck, Joanne. There were only four seasons of The Great British Sewing Bee (it seems British viewers prefer baking to needlework) and all have aired on the Living Channel, concluding last year. Neither Living nor Prime says it has any plans to screen the Bee again.
In recent months, Monday nights on Choice TV (Freeview 12 and Sky channel 24) have served up some of the best programming of the year. Highlights include Treasurers Decoded, The Art of Japanese Life and Handmade in Japan, which were fascinating and insightful.
I hope they will be repeated and that many more of similar quality will come our way.
Congratulations to Choice for its choices. Susan Artner (Palmerston North)
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I understand that contemporary cultural politics dictates that we don’t want RNZ broadcasters to sound like the received pronunciation of the old BBC. But do they receive no voice or elocution training?
I shan’t name names, but there’s the disappearing “l”, as we hear about people who need howp, and the howf problems in Nowson.
The letter “r” is frequently overlooked, and we hear about poblems rather than problems, what will pobably occur, and things bought that were in fact brought.
There’s an increasing number of people who are unaware that there is a plural form of the word “woman”.
Broadcasters needn’t sound like Jeremy Irons, but as professional verbal communicators, they should be interested in language and in deploying it with awareness and expertise. Paul Tankard (Dunedin)