Your comments on TV and radio
MAKE THE CHANGE
Following the various comments about poor diction on both RNZ and television, the central question is: how is it going to change? In a culture where “near enough is good enough”, who will seize pole position and change the widespread lapses?
Otherwise, we will be stuck with “pardies” and “compuders” and fluctuating vowel sounds and near unintelligible speech for the future. Paul Tankard ( Talkback, September 2) has really started something, but who is going to finish it?
Trish Bishop (Hamilton) IN JEOPARDY
When can we expect the next series of Jeopardy! (Prime) back on our screens, please?
Jillian Scandrett (Christchurch)
Talkback responds: Prime tells us that Jeopardy! will be back later this year, but there are repeat screenings on weekday mornings at 9.50am.
I agree with Pat Whitehead and Alasdair Abernethy ( Talkback, September 30) regarding the replacement of The Celebrity Chase by Tipping Point Lucky Stars. And now TVNZ 1 has bumped weekday repeats of The Chase back by 30 minutes to fit in a repeat screening of Seven Sharp before the midday news. If I wanted to watch this, I would view it at 7pm. I don’t think it warrants a repeat screening.
Speaking of the midday news, what’s with the new set, with its distracting noise, moving people and flickering screens in the background? Not an improvement.
Sandra Gately (Richmond, Nelson) WORLD NEWS
I agree with Susan Rebergen ( Talkback, October 7) about the poor international news coverage by TVNZ 1 and Three. I assume she does not have access to Sky, because there are eight overseas news channels available there, including BBC, Al Jazeera, RT, CGTN, Sky News, and three US stations, Fox, CNN and CNBC.
Alan Milton (Cambridge) HALCYON DAZE
Why only one series of The Halcyon (Prime)? The ending of the last episode, in which the hotel was bombed, was unsatisfactory, and several loose ends needed to be joined together.
Brian Collins (Aro Valley, Wellington)
Talkback responds: The WWII drama rated quite well in the UK and its producers had plans for five seasons – one for every year of the war – so it was a surprise when ITV decided not to renew. Production company Left Bank has been hunting for a new home for The Halcyon, but its option period on the actors is running out.