Coro Street ques­tions an­swered

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY -

Whilst I, along with thou­sands of oth­ers, am very happy with the Coro Street shake-up, why does TVNZ per­sist on such a late view­ing, three nights a week? TVNZ 1 is sat­u­rated with re­al­ity tripe from 7.30pm on­wards. They seem fix­ated with this con­tin­u­ous garbage. Why not swap some of these pro­grammes with Coro by bring­ing the lat­ter for­ward by at least an hour or even two hours? Surely ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue would be huge and thus makes more sense. And if they’re con­sid­er­ing the spend­ing power rel­a­tive to au­di­ence, there would be far greater dis­pos­able in­come at­trib­ut­able to se­nior cit­i­zens, who I as­sume make up the higher view­ing per­cent­age?

Ray Hut­ton (Palmer­ston North)

John Kelly, TVNZ’s gen­eral man­ager of pro­gram­ming, replies: I know it’s frus­trat­ing for you – but it’s all about bal­anc­ing the sched­ule with what many dif­fer­ent view­ers want to watch. While re­al­ity shows are not every­body’s cup of tea, they are watched and en­joyed by a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple. TVNZ 1 does screen a wide va­ri­ety of shows from Hyundai Coun­try Cal­en­dar to Fair Go, from Call The Mid­wife to Sun­day The­atre and more. We’ll never say never about bring­ing Corona­tion Street for­ward ear­lier in the evening if it con­tin­ues to build its au­di­ence, but we’ll al­ways bal­ance any changes against the other pro­gram­ming view­ers might like to watch.

I’m happy about the Coro catch-up but will not watch the day­time episodes for the next year – who has time for that? Any­way why, Mr Gen­eral Man­ager, couldn’t we just do that – daily episodes un­til we were caught up with UK? I still feel you are tak­ing the mickey and try­ing to shut us up.

Coro Fan (Coro­man­del)

John Kelly replies: We are giv­ing daily episodes to catch up – but a large num­ber of peo­ple want to watch up-to-date episodes. What we have tried to do is ac­com­mo­date both sets of view­ers. This isn’t about shut­ting any­one up – we love hear­ing from view­ers about what they think we’re do­ing right and what we could im­prove on.

Jane Dan­son as Leanne

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