Talkback

Your com­ments on TV and ra­dio

New Zealand Listener - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

POL-SIGH

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)

BEE GONE

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.

TOP CHOICE

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)

ARE YOU RE­CEIV­ING?

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)

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