Your comments on TV and radio
HIGHS AND LOWS
Māori Television shows some of the most interesting films on TV. On Saturday, March 31, we turned on early before the French film Jules and Jim. What we saw was by far the worst TV programme we have ever seen – WWE Raw. It featured gratuitous violence cheered on by a crowd that included many children. We haven’t come far since Roman bear-baiting. G Pope (Dunedin)
While checking the Listener programme listings for the week ending April 13, I almost choked on my hot cross bun when I noticed that Seven Sharp had apparently reverted to ex-hosts Mike Hosking and Toni Street.
I hope the excellent pairing of Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells has not been terminated already. Myles Girvan (Clive) Talkback responds: Our apologies – old information turned up in our listings and we failed to notice. Seven Sharp’s new hosts have since been reinstated.
AD-FREE – YEAH, RIGHT
We are given to believe that RNZ National and RNZ Concert are ad-free. But their programmes are constantly interrupted by promos. It would be nice if they really were ad-free. Bernard Redshaw (Nelson)
WE INTERRUPT THIS …
Please, can someone tell RNZ Concert’s Eva Radich not to interrupt her interviewees, so they can finish what they …
And we can hear their … Norm Murray (Browns Bay, Auckland)
IS LESS MORE?
Hear, hear, M Carol Scott ( Talkback, March 31).
RNZ Concert’s playing of “excerpts” from great works on Classical Connection is what you’d expect of an easylistening channel.
These works were conceived and performed as a whole. To break them into fragments shows no respect for the composers, the performers or listeners, who it may surprise the broadcaster to know have attention spans greater than five minutes. Brent Carlsson (Queenstown) I sympathise with M Carol Scott. I remember when I would listen to both sides of an LP, then sagely stroke my chin and opine on what I’d just heard. But times have changed.
Music is now mainly listened to via streaming services such as Spotify. We tend to pick favourite tracks, pieces or even snippets to enjoy before moving on to something else, much like the format of the UK’s popular Classic FM. Give in, Ms Scott, and enjoy. I love it. William Wright (Rotorua)